A plea deal has been reached in the court martial case of Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich. He was the last person facing charges in the killings of 24 Iraqis at the village of Haditha in 2005. Monday, he admitted to one charge of dereliction of duty. The case became a touchstone for criticism of the Iraq war. Originally, several Marines were charged with murder in the case. But the Marines who killed the Iraqi civilians that day claimed that their actions were tragic — but legal under the official rules of engagement in a complex war fought in and among the people. Melissa Block talks to NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman for the latest.
More than a decade after the U.S. charged into Afghanistan, American troops are still in the lead combat role. But with the U.S. military planning to withdraw by the end of 2014, the Americans now want to see Afghan troops at the forefront of the fighting.
NPR got a rare behind-the-scenes look at the CIA's Open Source Center, where research analysts troll social media for a new kind of secret — those hiding in plain sight. Nowadays, CIA analysts are also under more pressure to identify potential crises, with as little as a tweet or a status update to go on.
France is suspending training operations in Afghanistan and threatening to withdraw its entire force from the country early after an Afghan soldier killed four French troops Friday. The French foreign minister described the attack as an "assassination."
Robert Siegel talks to John Timoney, senior vice president for business development and senior consultant for police and security matters for Andrews International, a consulting firm with offices throughout the U.S. and the world. He has been recruited by Bahrain for police training. Timoney is a former Miami and Philadelphia police chief, who won accolades for fighting crime and curbing police shootings of civilians. But his handling of street demonstrations during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit in 2003 brought lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union over the same issues of excessive force and unlawful arrests.
This week at Guantanamo Bay prison, there will be a hearing in the military trial of the man alleged to be behind the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Guantanamo just marked the 10-year anniversary of its use as a detention center for suspected terrorists, and the trial marks a new phase for the prison. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks with host Rachel Martin.
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