Iraq http://kgou.org en World Views: December 13, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-december-13-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Cruise and Joshua Landis join Suzette Grillot to discuss subtle reminders of Nelson Mandela's controversial legacy during a week of celebration of the late president's life, and Pope Francis's selection as <em>Time</em></span>&nbsp; magazine's 2013 <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/">"Person of the Year.'</a></p><p>Later, a conversation with Oklahoma native and former Army interrogator <a href="https://blacklisttraining.com/eric-maddox">Eric Maddox</a>. Ten years ago Friday, months of his intelligence work paid off when U.S. soldiers captured deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 19149 at http://kgou.org World Views: December 13, 2013 Oklahoma Native Reflects On Iraq And Interrogation On Anniversary Of Saddam Hussein’s Capture http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-native-reflects-iraq-and-interrogation-anniversary-saddam-hussein-s-capture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ten years ago Friday, hundreds of interrogations and months of intelligence work paid off for </span><a href="https://blacklisttraining.com/eric-maddox" style="line-height: 1.5;">Eric Maddox</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when his fellow U.S. Army soldiers pulled deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from the now-infamous underground “spider hole” near his hometown of </span>Tikrit<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>More than a decade after the start of the conflict, and nearly two years after the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Maddox says once Hussein was apprehended, the U.S. had no idea how to rebuild the country.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot 19002 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Native Reflects On Iraq And Interrogation On Anniversary Of Saddam Hussein’s Capture World Views: August 2, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-august-2-2013 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Suzette Grillot hosts the program from London, and Joshua Landis joins her by phone from Vermont to provide an update on the civil war in Syria, and how recent events in Iraq contribute to the growing violence in the region, particularly in Syria.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Later, a conversation with journalist and author <a href="http://whereamiwearing.com/about/">Kelsey Timmerman</a>. His book&nbsp;<a href="http://whereamiwearing.com/"><em>Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countires, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes&nbsp;</em></a>tells the stories of the workers and conditions in the developing world's garment industries.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 10838 at http://kgou.org World Views: August 2, 2013 How An "Al-Qaida 2" Is Re-Emerging In The Middle East http://kgou.org/post/how-al-qaida-2-re-emerging-middle-east <p></p><p></p><p>Last month, at least 500 prisoners reportedly escaped from the Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib during an attack al-Qaida’s Iraq arm claimed responsibility for.</p><p><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the Director of the <a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma and the author of the widely-read blog <a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/"><em>Syria Comment</em></a>, says the audacious prison break re-energized al-Qaida in Iraq.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:56:31 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 10803 at http://kgou.org How An "Al-Qaida 2" Is Re-Emerging In The Middle East World Views: May 3, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-3-2013 <p></p><p>On Tuesday President Obama reiterated that the U.S. has evidence chemical weapons have been used in Syria, and regular contributor and Syria expert Joshua Landis discusses "game changers" and crossing "red lines."</p><p>Universidad de Chile industrial engineering professor and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.educacion2020.cl/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Educación 2020</a>&nbsp;founder&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mariowaissbluth.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Mario Waissbluth</a>&nbsp;joins the program for a conversation about socio-economic segregation in the South American country's schools.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 5177 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 3, 2013 Over 1,000 Militias Make Syria "Like L.A. Riots Gone Berserk" http://kgou.org/post/over-1000-militias-make-syria-la-riots-gone-berserk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. and other diplomatic officials say discussions within the Obama administration in favor of providing arms to the Syrian rebels are gaining ground amid new indications that President Bashar Assad's regime may have launched additional chemical weapons attacks.</span></p><p>Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says eliminating Syria's air defenses would be the first step before inspectors could determine if the regime did indeed use chemical weapons.</p><p>"Once you've destroyed the Syrian military, you're in Iraq in a sense," Landis says. "We were criticized in Iraq because we only had 100,000 troops to protect an entire country."</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 20:17:24 +0000 Joshua Landis, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 5176 at http://kgou.org Over 1,000 Militias Make Syria "Like L.A. Riots Gone Berserk" 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 Women in War: Combat and Coverage When the Front Lines Blur http://kgou.org/post/women-war-combat-and-coverage-when-front-lines-blur <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In January, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta <a href="http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1746">announced</a> the end of the U.S. military’s 19-year-old ban on women officially serving in combat roles.</p><p>“Every time I visited the warzone, every time I've met with troops, reviewed military operations, and talked to wounded warriors, I've been impressed with the fact that everyone - men and women alike - everyone is committed to doing the job,” Panetta said. “They're fighting and they're dying together. And the time has come for our policies to recognize that reality.”</p><p><em>Weekend Edition Sunday </em>host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/128649543/rachel-martin">Rachel Martin</a> covered national security issues for NPR from 2010-2012. She told KGOU’s <em>World Views</em> the change in policy recognizes the reality on the ground, but also will afford women the opportunity to compete for top-level spots in very elite military units.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:58:00 +0000 Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 4434 at http://kgou.org Women in War: Combat and Coverage When the Front Lines Blur