Bulldozing Through Kandahar
Global Post - November 10, 2010 - Using explosives and bulldozers, the US military has leveled hundreds of homes, farm buildings and trees. Local Afghans are not happy.
Success in Kandahar?
Global Post - October 20, 2010 - A major military operation involving hundreds of American troops, U.S. Special Forces and heavy bombers dropping 2,000-pound bombs on Taliban command and control centers wrapped up last week, concluding a critical phase in the campaign to oust the Taliban from Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. But no journalists were there to witness the operation.
Militants target police base, killing 3 Americans
Global Post - July 14, 2010 - Three American soldiers died last night in an attack on a base in Kandahar City. They were among the eight killed in the last 24 hours in Afghanistan, putting July on track to be as violent a month as June, the deadliest month in the country since the Afghan war began in 2001.
Afghans leading everywhere but on the ground
Global Post - August 13, 2010 - Every day, journalists reporting on the Afghanistan War are assaulted by news of “Afghan-led” operations by the coalition’s press office. Today is no exception. I receive at least two, sometime four or five press releases per day about similar “Afghan-led” achievements. NATO officers and coalition officials constantly lace their language with the phrase. “Afghan-led” is everywhere. Except on the ground.
Afghanistan: the new strategy
Global Post - August 16, 2010 - Military commanders discuss the revised war strategy being used in southern Kandahar.
To ask or tell or not, the troops weigh in
Global Post - October 14, 2010 - Judge's halt to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy sparks debate in the field.
A soldier’s return from “IED Lane”
Global Post - July 9, 2010 - Blog Post
US Army Patrol Ambushed in Eastern Afghanistan
BBC / PRI's The World - Radio Link with Transcript
A very long engagement
Global Post - May 30, 2010 - The majority of soldiers in Iraq go home after one or two deployments. A handful stay.
Iraqis divided on joint security
Global Post - March 28, 2010 - In Iraq, it helps to know your friends from your enemies, especially if you're working side by side with them.
Iraq: breaking up is never easy
Global Post - May 30, 2010 - The "deconstruction" or Iraq continues apace. But where does all that stuff go?
First signs of strain in Kandahar offensive
Global Post - June 20, 2010
Amid the confusion over the latest US-led mission, body bags provide a sobering certainty.
Iraqi election results announced
BBC/PRI's The World - March 8, 2014
Joint patrols in northern Iraq
BBC/PRI's The World - March 22, 2010 - Despite this month's parliamentary elections and the drop in violence this month in Iraq, the northern part of the country remains divided among competing ethnic groups. Ben Gilbert reports that US forces there have organized joint patrols to get the rival groups to work together.
Violence hits Baghdad on first day of parliamentary elections
BBC/PRI's The World - March 6, 2010 - Early voting started today for Iraq's parliamentary elections. Most Iraqis go to the polls Sunday. Today was a chance for those who work on Sunday, mostly police and the military, to cast their ballots. Unfortunately, the start of voting was met by violence. At least 17 people died after suicide bombers targeted polling stations in Baghdad today. Violence was widely expected before these elections. Now there's concern that the attacks will keep voter turnout low on Sunday. Ben Gilbert is embedded with the U.S. Embassy Election Observer Team in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, and has this report.
Iraq's election surprise
BBC / PRI's The world - March 29, 2010 - Ben Gilbert reports on the political wrangling in Iraq, following election results that came out last week. The two major winners were blocks belonging to the current Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister. But neither won enough seats to form a government.
Kirkuk plays key role in Iraqi elections
BBC/PRI's The World - March 5, 2010 - Iraq holds a key Parliamentary vote on Sunday. The outcome will determine who controls the government in Baghdad as U.S. troops continue to prepare for withdrawal. Militants have tried to derail the run up to the vote with several deadly attacks and there could be more violence this weekend. But today, voting began for Iraqis living outside the country. Turnout was reported to be high among the many Sunni Iraqis now in Syria and Jordan. Sunni Arabs enjoyed a privileged status under Saddam Hussein. Other groups resented that. Since the war Shiites and Kurds have dominated at the ballot box and the Sunnis resent that. The northern city of Kirkuk sits right on the fault line that divides Iraq's many religious and ethnic groups. Ben Gilbert reports on what Sunday's vote looks like from there.
Training the Afghan armed forces
BBC/PRI's The World - November 30, 2010
Afghanistan's Hurt Locker: Alienating locals
Global Post - February 10, 2010 - On Afghanistan's Highway One, the US military strategy to prevent roadside bombs is killing civilians
Afghanistan's Hurt Locker: Facing off with IEDs
Global Post - February 10, 2010 - Editor's note: Afghanistan's Hurt Locker is a three-part series on the U.S. military's efforts to combat increasingly deadly roadside bombs in Afghanistan. It examines the history of IED attacks, follows the work of a unit tasked with locating the bombs and looks at the unintended consequences of the U.S. strategy.
Afghanistan's Hurt Locker: Defeat the device
Global Post - May 30, 2010 - The soldiers in Task Force Thor have one of the most dangerous — and boring — jobs in southern Afghanistan: looking for improvised explosive devices on the roads.
Christmas in Afghanistan
BBC/PRI's The World - December 24, 2009
Training Afghan Troops in Kandahar
BBC/PRI's The World - December, 2009
Afghanistan's wild wild west
Global Post - May 30, 2010 - Welcome to the “Heart of Darkness,” where the militants rule and most Afghans are stuck between the Taliban and U.S. troops.
The politics behind Lebanon's big hash bust
Global Post - October 18, 2009 - There's more to the recent clean out of drug gangs and the destruction of their hash crop in the lawless Bekaa Valley than meets the eye.
Lebanon's Bernie Madoff
Global Post - September 20, 2009 - A wealthy businessman with close ties to Hezbollah has been charged with stealing millions in a Ponzi scheme.
UAE deportations raise questions in Lebanon
Global Post - November 21, 2009 - As more than 200 Lebanese await answers over why they were ejected from the U.A.E., experts point to paranoia in Gulf nations over Iran.
Beirut’s synagogue reconstruction kicks off
Global Post - July 31, 2009 - Construction could spell a new beginning for Lebanon’s underground Jewish community.
Syria-Saudi ties improve
Global Post - July 23, 2009 - After a three-year freeze-out by Riyadh, Damascus finds itself back in favor. Why now?
Lebanese find alleged Israeli spies in their midst
Global Post - July 10, 2009 - Cooperation between Lebanese security agencies and Hezbollah leads to a number of arrests.
Key players in Lebanon's future take their place
Global Post - June 30, 2009 - Another Hariri is named Prime Minister, two crucial posts are filled and minimal — though worrying — violence is quelled.
Going rate for a vote in Lebanon? $700
Global Post - June 2, 2009 - In a close race, those contesting the June 7 parliamentary elections are pulling out their checkbooks.
Lebanon's political season kicks off
Global Post - April 13, 2009 - A polarized electorate will determine Lebanon’s future in a volatile region.
Lebanon builds on its ancient past ... literally
Global Post - January 8, 2009 - Beirut is struggling to preserve a rich Roman heritage found on its many construction sites.
Lebanon's basketball addiction
Global Post - April 18, 2009 - How one group brings kids together from the divided neighborhoods of Beirut to shoot hoops.
Out of the closet, into the fire
Global Post - June 25, 2009 - Lebanon is gay-friendly by standards in the Arab world, but that's not saying much.
Lebanon's ruling coalition wins unexpected victory
Global Post - June 8, 2009 - US-backed March 14 holds on to parliamentary majority, defeating Hezbollah.
Search for justice in Hariri case
Global Post - May 17, 2009 - Why an international tribunal released the only four people being held over the 2005 killing and what it means for Lebanese politics.
Nahr al Bared - Palestinian residents go from displaced to homeless
Global Post - May 29, 2009 - Palestinian refugees displaced by a battle in their camp in northern Lebanon are still waiting, two years on, for the rebuilding of their "temporary" home.
Financial crisis sends Lebanese packing ... for home
Global Post - April 3, 2009 - They leave behind high-rolling lifestyles, and remittances their tiny country has come to depend on.
Market unites Beiruti farmers — and foodies
Global Post - February 25, 2009 - After conflict, one man sought to celebrate Lebanon's diversity.
Life behind bars becomes theatre
Global Post - March 25, 2009 - Lebanese prisoners are staging a version of "12 Angry Men," some to draw attention to unjust treatment and harsh conditions, others as therapy.
Lebanon bankers cool in a crisis
Global Post - February 14, 2009 - As the world's biggest economies wilt, prudent accounting has served a tiny country well.
Dreams of return buried in Gaza rubble
Global Post - January 22, 2009 - In Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps, hopelessness sets in.