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JUST A BLUFF? Fears grow of Israeli attack on Iran

February 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For the first time in nearly two decades of escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, world leaders are genuinely concerned that an Israeli military attack on the Islamic Republic could be imminent an action that many fear might trigger a wider war, terrorism and global economic havoc. Continue Reading

Last troops exit Iraq in subdued end to 9-year war

December 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The final withdrawal was the starkest of contrasts to the start of the war, which began before dawn on March 20, 2003. That morning, an airstrike in southern Baghdad, where Saddam Hussein was believed to be hiding, marked the opening shot of the famed “shock and awe” bombardment. Continue Reading

War costs may exceed Vietnam

December 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be winding down, but the long-term costs of caring for those wounded in battle is on path to rival the costs of the Vietnam War. Continue Reading

Medical personnel train at Mayo’s ‘Sim Center’

December 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Military medical personnel have visited Rochester’s Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center to hone their skills before an expected deployment to Afghanistan.
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Iraq emerges from war a society divided by sect

November 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Hurriyah the name means “freedom” in Arabic is symptomatic of much of Iraq: far quieter than at the height of the war but with an uneasy peace achieved through intimidation and bloodshed. The number of Iraqi neighborhoods in which members of the two Muslim sects live side by side and intermarry has dwindled. Continue Reading

International envoys seek to restart Mideast talks

October 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

International mediators sat down with Palestinian and Israeli officials in Jerusalem today in the hope of finding a formula to restart deadlocked peace talks. Continue Reading

LIBYA: Gadhafi’s regime teeters on collapse

August 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was nowhere to be found Monday as his 42-year rule teetered on the brink of collapse. Continue Reading

U.S., Mideast mediators meet with low expectations

July 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The United States and other Mideast mediators meet Monday in Washington, with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in shambles and an upcoming U.N. confrontation over whether to admit Palestine as an independent country only likely to make the decades-old deadlock even more intractable. Continue Reading

Panetta in Iraq to see officials, commanders

July 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

From one war front to another Sunday, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta hopped from a U.S. outpost in Afghanistan’s southern desert to Baghdad, where he sought to encourage Iraqi leaders to decide soon whether they want a residual American military force beyond year’s end.
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Obama urges Israel to go back to 1967 borders

May 19, 2011 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) Forcefully stepping into an explosive Middle East debate, President Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed a key Palestinian demand for the borders of its future state and prodded Israel to accept that it can never have a truly peaceful nation based on “permanent occupation.”
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