iraq http://michiganradio.org en Kildee fears Obama's possible support of Iraq might tempt U.S back into war http://michiganradio.org/post/kildee-fears-obamas-possible-support-iraq-might-tempt-us-back-war <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.066667556762695px;">Michigan Congressman Dan&nbsp;Kildee&nbsp;is concerned the current crisis in Iraq might pull the U.S. back into that country.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/16/322438046/in-iraq-conflict-involving-sunni-militant-group-escalates" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Sunni militants have seized control</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of several northern Iraqi cities and are threatening to attack Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:35:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 18015 at http://michiganradio.org Kildee fears Obama's possible support of Iraq might tempt U.S back into war Veterans Day celebrated in Flint this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/veterans-day-celebrated-flint-morning <p>It's Veterans Day, and all across Michigan, small ceremonies are taking place honoring the nation's military veterans.</p><p>A light rain fell in Flint as a small ceremony was held at 11 a.m.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day">Veterans Day</a> has it's roots in the Armistice that ended World War I. Under the terms of the armistice, that war ended at <a href="http://blog.usni.org/2009/11/11/the-11th-hour-of-the-11th-day-of-the-11th-month-when-the-guns-fell-silent">"The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."</a></p><p>Vietnam era veteran Raul Garcia told the small group assembled in front of Flint city hall of his pride of being part of a military family.</p><p>"To me, it's just a great pride to wear this uniform knowing that we are the greatest nation around," Garcia said.&nbsp;</p><p>There are more than 650,000 military veterans in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:59:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 15221 at http://michiganradio.org Veterans Day celebrated in Flint this morning Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-immigrant-population-declining-except-one-group <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Fewer immigrants are choosing to make Michigan their new home, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last year, Michigan’s immigrant population dropped 4.6% — the second-lowest level in the past 12 years. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That decline doesn’t fit with current immigration trends in the Midwest. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio have all seen an increase in immigration. Only Michigan and Wisconsin are experiencing a drop.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But while the number of newcomers coming to the state is on the decline, one immigrant group continues to flow to Michigan — Iraqis.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Michigan is just second to California in terms of its attraction of Iraqi immigrants,” said Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of <a href="http://datadrivendetroit.org/">Data Driven Detroit</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:48:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 14287 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group Small community attempts to 'make it right' for Michigan soldier whose medals came late http://michiganradio.org/post/small-community-attempts-make-it-right-michigan-soldier-whose-medals-came-late <p><strong>Update 5/29/13:</strong> This story has been corrected to reflect Wright’s rank as Specialist, not Sergeant. Wright misrepresented his rank during the formal event. &nbsp;</p><p>Memorial Day was particularly special for an injured Iraqi war veteran from Allegan.</p><p>Hundreds huddled close at Oakwood Cemetery Monday morning. Some wept as Amy Wright finally pinned a Purple Heart on her husband’s uniform. He kneeled so his 7-year old daughter Torin could pin on the other one.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 19:45:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12755 at http://michiganradio.org Small community attempts to 'make it right' for Michigan soldier whose medals came late After Afghanistan, one unit's new mission: cope as civilians http://michiganradio.org/post/after-afghanistan-one-units-new-mission-cope-civilians <p>After a year's deployment in Afghanistan, 600 members of Michigan's National Guard are coming home. They'll join the ranks of 19,00 local Guardsmen and women who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>But this particular unit will soon embark on a new mission. And this time, they're bringing their families.</p><p>For 3 years, the veterans, their spouses, and children will be part of a Michigan State University study on how families cope with life after combat.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:13:26 +0000 Kate Wells 9236 at http://michiganradio.org After Afghanistan, one unit's new mission: cope as civilians Detroit's Chaldean community fears for Middle East Christians http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-chaldean-community-fears-middle-east-christians <p>The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Arab Spring revolutions have meant <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1224/As-Christmas-arrives-crisis-for-Mideast-Christians">a year of anxiety for Metro Detroit&rsquo;s Arab Christian community</a>.</p><p>Most members of that community are Chaldean, mostly Iraqi Catholics. Southeast Michigan is home to the largest Chaldean population outside Iraq.</p> Mon, 02 Jan 2012 02:01:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5607 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Chaldean community fears for Middle East Christians Iraq War ends, 159 Michigan soldiers killed, Senator Levin asks for reflection http://michiganradio.org/post/iraq-war-ends-159-michigan-soldiers-killed-senator-levin-asks-reflection <p>Today, the U.S. government held a low-key ceremony to mark the end of military involvement in Iraq.</p><p>159 Michigan soldiers were killed during <a href="http://icasualties.org/Iraq/ByState.aspx">Operation Iraqi Freedom</a>.</p><p>U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave remarks to U.S. troops at a heavily fortified Baghdad International Airport.</p><p>Tim Arango reported for the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/world/middleeast/end-for-us-begins-period-of-uncertainty-for-iraqis.html?_r=1&amp;hp">New York Times</a>:</p><blockquote><p>After nearly nine years, some 4,500 American fatalities and about $1 trillion, America&rsquo;s war in Iraq is about to end. Officials marked the finish Thursday with a modest ceremony at the airport days before the last troops traverse the southern highway to Kuwait, going out as they came in, to conclude the United States&rsquo; most ambitious and bloodiest military campaign since Vietnam.</p><p>Iraqis will be left with a country that is not exactly at war, and not exactly at peace.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/12/15/multimedia/100000001228435/timescast-december-15-2011.html">At a Shiite ceremony in Baghdad</a>, one Shia member was thankful to the U.S. for one thing only:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are only thankful to them because they got rid of Saddam Hussein. They didn&#39;t bring any hope, any construction, any electricity, any water or any infrastructure.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Senator Carl Levin released this statement today:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">&ldquo;I hope every American will take some time today to reflect on the immense courage and selflessness of our men and women in uniform and their families over the last eight years. Over repeated deployments, in difficult and dangerous conditions, hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines served in Iraq with honor. Beyond their service, they gave our nation unity &ndash; the unity of a people who, though divided over the decision to go to war, supported the men and women who fought it.&rdquo;</span> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:07:14 +0000 Mark Brush 5417 at http://michiganradio.org Iraq War ends, 159 Michigan soldiers killed, Senator Levin asks for reflection Michigan companies closer to part in Iraq projects http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-companies-closer-part-iraq-projects <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A consortium of Michigan companies says it&#39;s eager to oversee the building of a new city near Baghdad that draws on the skills of Iraqi immigrants living in Michigan.</p><p>Officials from the National Investment Commission of Iraq were announcing Tuesday that they&#39;ve signed a memorandum of understanding with the consortium, MICH Development, to plan and<br />build a new city of 500,000 on the outskirts of Baghdad.</p><p>The agreement gives the consortium what it needs to take the next step - raising billions of dollars from banks and private investors to get the project under way by late 2012.</p><p>Although much of the building is expected to be done by Iraqi workers, Michigan companies could win as much as $1.5 billion in contracts. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:03:38 +0000 The Associated Press 5367 at http://michiganradio.org The "unfinished business" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/unfinished-business-wars-iraq-and-afghanistan <p>Earlier today I posted the stories of two young veterans who had served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>Multiple tours overseas is common in today&#39;s military. Re-enlistments helped keep these wars supplied with soldiers over the last ten years.</p><p>The problem, as <a href="http://www.rand.org/about/people/r/rostker_bernard_d.html">Bernard Rostker</a> of the Rand Corporation put it, &quot;the more you go the more you&rsquo;re exposed, the more likely you will eventually have some adverse psychological reactions.&quot;</p><p>Rostker is a former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and a former senior policy advisor on recruitment for the Secretary of Defense.</p><p>He said the propensity to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is cumulative. And with soldiers serving multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, they&#39;re more at risk than a soldier serving a single tour.</p><p>PTSD can show up much later in life.</p><p>&quot;This is going to be a huge concern for the military,&quot; said Rostker.</p><p>&quot;Rand did a study, it was a random telephone interview of large numbers of vets using screening techniques for PTSD, and came to the conclusion that there was a huge number of unreported cases. It was controversial with the Department of Defense who looked at the number of people being treated versus those identified with PTSD and noticed lots were going untreated,&quot; said Rostker.</p><p>In 2010, <a href="http://www.channel4.com/news/combat-stress-iraq-shock-hits-us-troops">Britain&#39;s Channel 4 News</a> did an excellent piece on the challenges facing today&#39;s military.</p><p>You can view it here:</p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="302" id="flashObj" width="430"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=617341154001&amp;playerID=69900095001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAEabvr4~,Wtd2HT-p_VhJQ6tgdykx3j23oh1YN-2U&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=617341154001&amp;playerID=69900095001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAEabvr4~,Wtd2HT-p_VhJQ6tgdykx3j23oh1YN-2U&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="302" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Bernard Rostker said the military has come a long way in its understanding of the psychological effects of war.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;re much more aware of it today, but it&rsquo;s still the unfinished business of this war,&quot; said Rostker. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:17:03 +0000 Mark Brush 4956 at http://michiganradio.org The "unfinished business" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Michigan National Guard Units returning home http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-national-guard-units-returning-home <p>About a thousand Michigan Army and Air National Guardsmen will spend the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend back home, after spending the past year in Iraq and Kuwait.&nbsp; Two battalions of guardsmen have been arriving in cities and towns across Michigan during the past few days.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Captain Aaron Jenkins is a Michigan National Guard spokesman. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says moving the troops from the Middle East to Michigan is complicated by the need to bring their equipment back with the troops.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3935 at http://michiganradio.org 204 - the number of Michigan soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq thus far http://michiganradio.org/post/204-number-michigan-soldiers-killed-afghanistan-and-iraq-thus-far <p>More than 6,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to <a href="http://www.icasualties.org/">iCasualties.org.</a></p><p>Several media outlets track this information and break it down by state.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/index.html">CNN.com</a> has an interactive map that lists the casualties separately from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their maps show where the soldier was from, and where they were killed.</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:15:01 +0000 Mark Brush 3200 at http://michiganradio.org 204 - the number of Michigan soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq thus far