Iraq

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U.S. personnel "could not have predicted" that dozens of Mosul residents would be in a building where ISIS snipers were firing when they authorized a strike on it in March, the Pentagon says in a newly released report. That airstrike in Iraq killed at least 105 civilians.

The report also says the building collapsed after the strike triggered explosives that had been planted by ISIS.

The U.S. and Iraq are changing tactics in the fierce battle against ISIS for the Iraqi city of Mosul, NPR News has learned.

The Iraqi commander coordinating the battle tells NPR the Iraqi military will slow an offensive pushing into the crowded old district of the city to try to minimize civilian casualties. The new tactics will mean fewer U.S. and Iraqi air strikes.

"We agreed among the commanders to not depend on the air strikes because that means we will maybe lose a lot of people," says Maj. Gen. Najm Abdullah al-Jabouri, head of the Ninevah Operations Command.

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ISIS seems to be arranging for residents in Mosul to be struck and killed by US-led coalition airstrikes, in order to boost civilian death counts and to create controversy around the coalition campaign.

The militant group has a long history of forcing civilians to serve as human shields — to ward off airstrikes. But in recent weeks ISIS has reportedly been placing Mosul residents at military locations, secretly, and then inviting airstrikes.

StoryCorps Comes To The University Of Miami

Jun 27, 2014
Selima Hussain

StoryCorps, the nonprofit radio program that broadcasts stories from everyday Americans, came to the University of Miami this week to record stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's part of the program's special military voices initiative. 

StoryCorps collaborated with UM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a nonprofit group called Warmamas to document the stories of 16 war veterans. 

It's Nature Night! Camels, Iraq And Mountains

Jan 10, 2014

Monday nights on WLRN are the wildest nights of the week. For lovers of natural history documentaries, this is a night you don't want to miss. It starts with the award-winning PBS series Nature and follows up with some of the best wildlife films from the BBC and elsewhere. 

This coming Monday, January 13, WLRN Channel 17 presents the following line-up of beautiful films about wild animals from breath-taking  locations around the world: