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War in Syria: repeating past mistakes

By AJ Edwards | September 10, 2013

Congress remains split on a vote to authorize President Barack Obama with the use of military force to intervene in Syria.Despite strong opposition, Obama has asked Congress to consider military strikes against Syria after its president, Bashar al-Assad,...

MSII Cadet Andrew Hansen, sophomore business administration major, secures the base during an exercise demonstrating a late-night attack during ROTC training at the Marseilles Training Center Friday night.

ROTC cadets take part in field training exercises over weekend

By Hailey Kurth | April 29, 2012

As two helicopters approached the intramural fields near Stevenson towers Friday, NIU ROTC cadets filed in line and waited for their “deployment” to Marseilles Training Center, located in LaSalle County. The helicopters took the freshmen and sophomores...

Family, friends of Sycamore veteran to hold cancer benefit

By Hailey Kurth | March 7, 2012

At age 23, Craig Clendening, a Sycamore native and military veteran, was diagnosed with stage three cancer. The diagnosis came seven months after Clendening returned from serving in the military in Iraq. His aunt, Melissa Butts, said Clendening is one...

‘Back in Town’ photo gallery shows everyday life in Iraq

By Olivia Willoughby | February 29, 2012

He is “Back in Town,” filling a DeKalb gallery’s walls with colorful photos of everyday life from his time in Iraq. Trevor Alan Elliott shows his photographs at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway. After serving in the U.S. Army for eight years,...

Maj. Eric Tisland looks into the eyes of his son, Gabriel
Tisland, as his wife and the rest of his children greeted him home
to Ft. Carson, Colo., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. All U.S. troops will
definitely be home for the holidays, President Barack Obama
declared Friday, in his statement that the war in Iraq will be over
by years end. More than 4,400 members of the military have been
killed, and more than 32,000 have been wounded in the war that has
stretched more than eight years. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs
Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)

US to pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan

By Kelly Bauer | October 23, 2011

The war is over - almost. In an announcement Friday, President Barack Obama said almost every troop in Iraq will be withdrawn by Dec. 31. About 150 of the 39,000 troops will remain to assist in arms sales, according to CNN. This mass withdrawal of troops...

Pulitzer Prize winner gives war lecture tonight

Pulitzer Prize winner gives war lecture tonight

By Andrea Azzo | September 20, 2011

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are ongoing, and there's debate as to whether these conflicts are necessary. Tonight, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian will offer his take on the wars in Altgeld Hall. John W. Dower, a Harvard graduate who has published...

Lt. Dan Choi (center) meets with attendees Monday night at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium to talk about homosexuality in the military.

Lt. Dan Choi discusses his stuggles as an openly gay military member

By Dave Gong | April 25, 2011

Activist Lt. Dan Choi appeared at the Holmes Student Center Monday night to discuss activism and his personal struggles as an openly gay member of the United States military. A West Point graduate, Choi has been an active opponent of the military's "don't...

The US needs to cut defense spending and condense the military

By Aaron Brooks | April 12, 2011

Have we learned anything over the past 10 years? May God have mercy on our souls because we have not. In 2010, the total amount of money appropriated for both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars equaled over a trillion dollars, according to the Congressional...

Ex-military women speak about gender roles, equality in US service

By Alex Fiore | January 27, 2011

The role of women in the in the military was discussed Wednesday evening by a duo of former and current military members who are part of the NIU community. The discussion, titled "Man Up: Rethinking Masculinity in the Military" was held in the Illinois...

Eileen Silver holds a sign reading Peace Now Friday evening on the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway.

War, what is it good for?

By John Bachmann | September 26, 2010

DeKALB | On Friday evenings at the intersection of First Street and Lincoln Highway, two groups comprised of DeKalb residents voice their opinion on the war in Iraq. On one side of the street of Lincoln Highway stands supporters for the war, the other...

What’s terrorism, and how should the U.S. respond 9 years after 9/11?

By Adam Brown | September 12, 2010

Terrorism as a force, is an idea has existed in many forms for decades--or centuries--depending on how one looks at it. It has no nationality, ethnicity or race. There has existed church-sanctioned terrorism throughout the Middle Ages, Buddhist car bombers...