Afghanistan http://kgou.org en World Views: July 11, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-july-11-2014 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine, both the real and potential impact of host nation Brazil’s loss this week in the World Cup.</p><p>Then a conversation with national security analyst&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rand.org/about/people/r/robinson_linda.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Linda Robinson</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;about her book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rand.org/pubs/commercial_books/CB535.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.&nbsp;</span>She spent two years in Afghanistan joining U.S. Special Forces on combat missions, while still knowing when to stay out of the way.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:27:59 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 33177 at http://kgou.org World Views: July 11, 2014 Beyond Hollywood, 'Call Of Duty': Why Special Forces Are The Future Of The U.S. Military http://kgou.org/post/beyond-hollywood-call-duty-why-special-forces-are-future-us-military <p>The so-called “light footprint strategy” has been a hallmark of President Obama’s military engagement strategy as he pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq and winds down the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. That drawdown of massive units of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilian support staff means a stronger reliance on smaller, more elite military groups.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:09:42 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot & Trevor Ford 33072 at http://kgou.org Beyond Hollywood, 'Call Of Duty': Why Special Forces Are The Future Of The U.S. Military AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan http://kgou.org/post/ap-photographer-killed-reporter-wounded-gunman-afghanistan "A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=299012737" target="_blank">the wire service reports</a>.<p><a href="http://www.anjaniedringhaus.com/vita" target="_blank">Anja Niedringhaus</a>, 48, a photographer who in 2005 was part of an AP team <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2005-Breaking-News-Photography" target="_blank">that won a Pulitzer Prize</a> for coverage of the war in Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 26588 at http://kgou.org AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous http://kgou.org/post/afghans-release-65-prisoners-us-deems-dangerous Afghan authorities on Thursday went ahead and released 65 prisoners from a high-security prison north of Kabul over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the men are dangerous terrorists who have attacked civilians and soldiers in the past.<p>As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-afghans-free-prisoners-20140213,0,6237547.story#axzz2tClyR6ay" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Times writes</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. military had expected the move and denounced it in a series of press releases in recent weeks. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 23182 at http://kgou.org Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous World Views: January 3, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-3-2014 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis and Rebecca Cruise explain how Syria’s civil war is expanding into a region-wide conflict, and what affect two suicide bombings in Russia this week could have on the upcoming Winter Olympics.&nbsp;</p><p>Later, a conversation&nbsp;with longtime Afghanistan observer <a href="http://www.usip.org/experts/andrew-wilder">Andrew Wilder</a> about this year’s scheduled U.S. combat troop withdrawal, and April elections to replace the term-limited Hamid Karzai.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 20434 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 3, 2014 Looking Ahead: Why 2014 Will Be A Huge Year For Afghanistan http://kgou.org/post/looking-ahead-why-2014-will-be-huge-year-afghanistan <p></p><p>In April, voters in Afghanistan head to the polls to elect a successor to the term-limited President Hamid Karzai. The controversial-at-times leader is the only democratically-elected head of state the troubled country has known since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.</p><p><a href="http://www.usip.org/experts/andrew-wilder">Andrew Wilder</a>, the Director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs at the <a href="http://www.usip.org/">United States Institute of Peace</a> and a close observer of Afghanistan for nearly 30 years, says it’s very important April’s elections are credible, and produce a legitimate outcome.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot 20333 at http://kgou.org Looking Ahead: Why 2014 Will Be A Huge Year For Afghanistan Hagel Arrives In Afghanistan, Has No Plans To Meet With Karzai http://kgou.org/post/hagel-arrives-afghanistan-has-no-plans-meet-karzai Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel landed in Afghanistan Saturday for a surprise visit with the troops.<p>Despite the fact that the U.S. and Afghanistan are at odds over a security agreement that allows U.S. troops to remain in the country past 2014, Hagel has no plans to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has refused to sign the security agreement.<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hagel-lands-kabul-amid-chaos-security-deal-21133081">The Associated Press reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 editor 18689 at http://kgou.org Hagel Arrives In Afghanistan, Has No Plans To Meet With Karzai World Views: July 5, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-july-5-2013 <p></p><p>Two days after Egypt's military removed President Mohammed Morsi and replaced him with the country's Supreme Constitutional Court Chief Justice, Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis talk with incoming University of Oklahoma Middle East scholar and Muslim Brotherhood expert <a href="http://samershehata.com/">Samer&nbsp;Shehata</a> about what's next for the country.</p><p>On Tuesday,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">militants detonated a suicide car bomb at the gate of a NATO compound in Kabul killing five guards and two civilians.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Dana Mohammad-Zadeh says knowing attacks like these will happen is part of life in Afghanistan’s capital city. She earned a degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, and now works in the development sector in Kabul.</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Hallie Arias & Brian Hardzinski 9028 at http://kgou.org World Views: July 5, 2013 OU Graduate Sees Continued Instability In Afghanistan's Future http://kgou.org/post/ou-graduate-sees-continued-instability-afghanistans-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry announced on Monday that insurgents had killed nearly 300 local and national police last month, as well as 180 civilians. A day later, militants detonated a suicide car bomb at the gate of a NATO compound in Kabul killing five guards and two civilians. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dana </span>Mohammad-Zadeh<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says knowing attacks like these will happen is part of life in Afghanistan’s capital city. She earned a degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, and now works in the development sector in Kabul.</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Hallie Arias, Suzette Grillot & Joshua Landis 8960 at http://kgou.org OU Graduate Sees Continued Instability In Afghanistan's Future World Views: April 26, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-26-2013 <p></p><p>This time last week Americans were just starting to learn about the troubled Russian region of&nbsp;Chechnya after authorities released the identities of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.</p><p>Rebecca Cruise discusses women in combat and the U.S. drone program with NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/128649543/rachel-martin" target="_blank">Rachel Martin</a>. Before taking over the host's chair of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/weekend-edition-sunday/" target="_blank"><em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em></a>, she reported from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the network's national security correspondent.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 4663 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 26, 2013