• 2:11pm May 27, 2013

    A Grim Task: Military-Death Notification

    Among the many thousands of men and women who chose to serve in the military, few volunteer for the duty of death notification. As the nation honors those killed in the line of duty, those who work intimately with the families of the fallen share their stories. (Originally broadcast May 29, 2006.)
  • 8:23am Apr 07, 2013
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    Op-Ed: The Iraq War's Lessons For Syria

    Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl says that the Iraq War taught him a lot about how we should deal with the civil war in Syria. In an op-ed he argues that without U.S. intervention, Syria could produce "a much worse humanitarian disaster" than Iraq.
  • 10:55am Mar 22, 2013
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    'Tiny Fraction' Took Advantage During Iraq's Reconstruction

    This week, Morning Edition has been marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Steve Inskeep talks to Inspector General Stuart Bowen about his audit report on U.S. spending and waste in the reconstruction of Iraq.
  • Residents visit the tomb of a  loved one at the New Kerbala cemetery in the holy city of Kerbala, Iraq, in 2007.
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    6:21pm Mar 21, 2013
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    Face To Face With Death In Iraq

    Um Abbas has spent decades performing the Muslim ritual of washing the bodies of the dead to prepare them for burial. The war years in Iraq were terrible, she says, but in some ways, confronting death every day helped her cope with the country's trauma.
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    5:05pm Mar 19, 2013
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    Veterans Face Red Tape Accessing Disability, Other Benefits

    On the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, journalist Aaron Glantz talks about the challenges American service members face in accessing disability and other benefits. Glantz says there is a backlog of 900,000 claims and that the average waiting period is 273 days.
  • An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a checkpoint decorated with plastic flowers in Baghdad in 2008.
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    12:00pm Mar 19, 2013
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    Baghdad, A Decade Later

    Ten years ago Tuesday, the aerial bombardment of Iraq began. It was the opening volley of a U.S.-led invasion that would topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. One of the questions is: Can Iraq's fragile democracy hold, as the region splits along sectarian lines?
  • 2:16pm Mar 18, 2013
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    A Decade Later, What Was Accomplished In Iraq

    In March 2003, U.S. troops crossed from Kuwait into Iraq with the goal of toppling dictator Saddam Hussein. Within weeks, the Hussein regime had fallen. The occupation that followed left U.S. combat forces in the country until December 2011. The legacy of the war is still widely debated.
  • 10:32am Mar 17, 2013
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    The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

    The war has cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, and there are many who will live with its legacy forever. Now, as it tries to stabilize without U.S. combat troops, the conflict in neighboring Syria could threaten its security.
  • 2:01pm Feb 12, 2013
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    Looming Cuts Could Mean Big Changes For U.S. Military

    Without a deal by March 1, across-the-board federal spending cuts will kick in — including deep cuts to the nation's defense budget. Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, and NPR's Tom Bowman discuss what sequestration might mean for the U.S. military.