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President Obama tells MacDill troops no US ground combat in Iraq or Syria listen

09/17/14 Samuel Johnson and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Barak Obama, POTUS, Iraq, ISIL, ISIS, MacDill, Central Command, military, Troops

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Wednesday in Tampa President Barack Obama reiterated that American troops would not have a combat role in the fight against militants in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday that there could be U.S. “boots on the ground” if the situation warranted.

After meeting with advisers at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base, the president told about 1,200 members of the military they won’t be sent to Iraq for a ground war.

After th...

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Army reservist sues Gov. Scott saying he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan listen

09/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, labor, lawsuit, Iraq, Afghanistan, Florida

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An Army reservist is suing the administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott because he claims he was illegally fired after being deployed to Afghanistan. Master Sergeant Walter Kreitlow had been employed in law enforcement since 1989. But he says on his third overseas deployment he was terminated from his position with the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In a conference call with reporters this morning, Kreitlow’s attorney Thomas Dickens said in doing so, the Scott ...

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On eve of presidential visit to CENTCOM, Joint Chiefs chair warns of generational struggle listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa, ISIL, Iraq, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Syria, Barack Obama, MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama is heading to Tampa Tuesday and will meet Wednesday morning with leaders of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base to review strategies for the expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Joining him will be Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said Tuesday the U.S. is “at war with ISIL as we are with Al Qaeda.”

Hagel spoke in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Committee also questioned General Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He says...

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Assessing the new U.S. war in Iraq & Syria listen

09/11/14 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Syria, President Obama

On Wednesday night, President Obama addressed the nation to discuss his new plan to try to stifle ISIS (or ISIL) by attacking from the air in Iraq & Syria, and work with fighters on the ground working against those terrorist groups. We opened the phones for discussion.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces resolution to permit U.S. strikes inside Syria listen

09/08/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Syria, Iraq, War, Bill Nelson, ISIS, ISIL, IS, Islamic State

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Late Monday afternoon, Florida Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson filed a joint resolution with the Senate to allow the president to make airstrikes on Islamic State militants inside Syria.

“I describe ISIS as a snake. If the head of the snake is in Syria -- which it is -- a lot of their organization, a lot of their leadership is there, then we ought to go after the snake where the head is and decapitate the snake. In doing that we’re going to have to go into Syria. Now, I believe that t...

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Senator Bill Nelson calls for more U.S. military attacks inside Syria and Iraq listen

08/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Syria, Bill Nelson, Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, War

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The Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have made three more airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the Mosul Dam, including a machine gun position that was firing on Iraqi forces.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday provided by his office, Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said he met with the president of the Free Syrian Army in Turkey. Nelson says there should be more U.S. military actions inside Syria and Iraq.

"Well, we're not gonna put boots on the ground. The American pub...

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Radioactivity discusses Missouri teen shooting, Iraq and Gaza

08/11/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: radioactivity, Gaza, Iraq, Missouri teen

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei shares audio from the following videos about the shooting of teen in Missouri, Iraq and Gaza. he then opens the phones lines for listener comments.

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Tampa demonstration against further U.S. military intervention in Iraq listen

06/30/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Iraq, Uhuru Solidarity Movement, Uhuru, MacDill Air Force Base, St. Pete for Peace

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President Obama is still weighing what further action will be taken to deal with the Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

On Friday, peace activists demonstrated against further military action.

About 30 peole held banners and waved signs at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa, about a mile north of the main entrance of MacDill Air Force Base.

WMNF interviewed Jesse Nevel, national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement



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Peace activists to demonstrate against action in Iraq Friday at MacDill listen

06/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Iraq, CENTCOM, MacDill, Macdill AFB, St. Pete for Peace, peace, War

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Local peace groups will protest possible U.S. military actions in Iraq this week near the Tampa command center for southwest Asia.

United States Central Command is housed at South Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base and for years, anti-war demonstrations have used the location to oppose military strikes.

During a forum on Iraq in St. Petersburg Monday night hosted by St. Pete for Peace, participants decided to [protest outside MacDill this Friday at 4 p.m.](htt...

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Director for Iraq Veterans Against the War discusses the current situation in Iraq listen

06/23/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Iraq, Matt Howard, Iraq Veterans Against the War

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Radioactivity welcomes guest is Matt Howard communications director for Iraq Veterans Against the War, who served two tours in Iraq as a US Marine.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he wants U.S. troops sent back in Iraq to halt Sunni militants now conquering large parts of the country to and support resistance fighters in Syria.

We play a part of this Cheney interview with Jonathan Karl on ABC yesterday morning:

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