Iraq

Wartime Ethics
9:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Discussion Of U.S. Torture With Brigadier General David R. Irvine

In the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq questions remain concerning how the U.S. waged those wars. Among them, did we follow the Geneva Conventions, or did we abuse the rights of our enemies? And how are we responsible for our actions as a nation at war?

In a recent event titled “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture,” a panel of concerned citizens examined questions of our rights and obligations in wartime.

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Rebuilding Iraq
3:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

As Violence Continues, U.S. Weighs The Options In Iraq

Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
Flickr Photo/Miller Center (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about President Obama's remarks on Iraq Thursday morning.

Violence in Iraq
2:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Iraqi-Americans Rally In Seattle To Protest ISIS Violence

Marcie Sillman talks with Majid al-Bahadli, a Seattleite who fled Iraq after the first Gulf War. He is among a group of Iraqi-Americans who organized a rally Monday to protest the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's escalation of violence.

Iraq
3:53 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Obama: 275 Troops Will Go To Iraq As Militants Take Ground

This video image posted last week by Iraqi0Revolution, a group supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, purportedly shows a militant standing in front of a burning Iraqi army vehicle in Tikrit, Iraq.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 4:26 pm

President Obama has informed Congress that 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel will go to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as a militant Sunni group continues its offensive in the country, seizing control of the northern town of Tal Afar.

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Northern Iraq Violence
9:23 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq In Crisis: Militant Group Gains Ground, U.S. Debates Response

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Irbil, Iraq on Thursday, June 12.
AP Photo/STR

Marcie Sillman talks to Dan Murphy, national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, about the worsening situation in Iraq. Then, David Hyde talks to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., a ranking member on the House Armed Service Committee, about the U.S. response to the violence.

The militant group Islamic State In Iraq and Al-Sham has been seizing cities in northern Iraq. Mosul, one of the largest city in northern Iraq, was seized Tuesday. Members of Congress are weighing in on the situation. Some Republicans have called for immediate military intervention there, but Smith thinks a military solution might not be the answer right now.

Iraq Democracy
5:59 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Amid Violence And Without U.S. Troops, Iraq Votes

A Kurdish Iraqi policeman in the northern Kurdish city of Erbil casts his ballot Monday in special voting ahead of Wednesday's election.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 7:59 am

Iraqis are voting for Parliament Wednesday for the first time since American soldiers withdrew more than two years ago. Without their support, and amid intense violence, the poll will test Iraq's fragile democracy to its limits.

The election is for the 328-seat Parliament and offers more than 9,000 candidates on party lists. It will probably end up with no party winning a majority and lead to weeks or months of coalition haggling to form a new government.

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Rebuilding Iraq
2:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Iraqi Ambassador To The United States Visits Seattle

Ambassador Lukman Faily
Credit Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C.'s Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Ambassador Lukman Faily about his visit to Boeing and his goals and challenges as the Iraqi ambassador to the United States.

Operation Iraqi Freedom
3:38 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

11 Years Later: How Iraq Is Doing Today

An Iraqi woman offers a flower to an American Army soldier in the center of Baghdad, as hundreds of Iraqi demonstrate demanding peace and security, Saturday, April 12, 2003.
AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

March 20 marks the 11th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Marcie Sillman talks with Ned Parker, Baghdad Bureau Chief for Reuters, about the state of the country today.

Rise In Violence
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

What Is Causing The Conflict In Iraq's Anbar Province?

Areas of the Anbar Province in Iraq have seen a recent surge in violence.
Flickr Photo/James Gordon

Marcie Sillman discusses the rise of violence in Iraq with Dan Murphy, Middle East correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Iraq War
2:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

UW Study Sheds New Light On Iraq War Death Toll

Flickr Photo/The U.S. Army

Between 2003 and 2011, 461,000 people were killed as a result of the Iraq War according to a new study from four universities, including the University of Washington.

The estimate includes deaths that resulted directly from violence, as well as non-violent deaths that were war-related. The study does not include death totals for US soldiers.

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Fatal September
12:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Surge In Violence In Iraq

Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday.
Credit AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

On Monday another wave of bombings ripped through Baghdad, killing 37 people and injuring almost 150. According to the United Nations, 979 Iraqis were killed in the month of September due to a rise in violence, making it one of the deadliest months this year.

Violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year. Markets, houses, places of worship and even funeral processions have been targeted by insurgents. New York Times reporter Tim Arango explains why there has been a surge in violence and how the Iraqi government has been handling security.

Live Surgery
6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Steve Allen, Live Surgery, And Salman Rushdie

Flickr Photo/Army Medicine

Steve Allen: On Television And Performing

Steve Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, comedian and writer. He was the first host of “The Tonight Show,” and one New York Times article dubbed him "The Father of All Talk-Show Hosts."  Allen passed away in 2000. Steve Scher talked with Allen in 1993 about television, creativity and making people laugh.

Behind The Scenes: Surgery

As part of Weekday’s How-To series, Steve Scher sat down with two surgeons: Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Dr. Eric Froines, then-chief of general surgery at Capitol Hill Specialty Center Group Health Permanente. Scher asked what the life of a surgeon is like and what it feels like to repair human brains, and took a field trip to a live surgery.

Salman Rushdie On Starting The Iraq War

In late 2002, the prospect of a war in Iraq was looming. British-Indian author and essayist Salman Rushdie sat down with Steve Scher. Rushdie discusses his concerns about the potential of a war in Iraq and his thoughts on terrorism.

Word Games
9:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Weekday's Annual Listener Spelling Bee

Can you handle the high pressure of a spelling bee?
Credit Flickr Photo/Wumpiewoo

The region's top middle school spellers go head to head this weekend in the King-Snohomish Regional Spelling Bee at Seattle's Town Hall. The winning wordsmith heads to Washington, DC, to compete in the 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year's regional champ had to spell "putrescible." Think you have what it takes to win? Call 206.543.5869 and prove your spelling prowess on live radio against your fellow listeners.

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Listener Comments
12:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

What Seattle Had To Say About The Iraq War In 2003

Ten years ago today President George W. Bush announced the war on Iraq had begun. On that day Ross Reynolds asked listeners if they were in the military or part of a military family, and what they thought about the then-fresh announcement of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today on The Conversation we play for you our listener reactions to the announcement of the war in Iraq. 

Military
9:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Remembering The Iraq War

Marine Corps' Lima Company pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Haditha Dam in Iraq.
Credit Flickr Photo/James McCauley

March 19, 2013 marks 10 years since the beginning of the war in Iraq. A total of 3,489 Americans died in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nearly another 32,000 were wounded in action. The numbers obscure the thousands of individual stories from the War in Iraq. We hear stories of those who fought, worked and died in the war.

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