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In the photo above courtesy of wearechange.org, the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) was dropped on Afghanistan, potentially causing World War III. But was it really necessary?

Should We Have Dropped the Bomb on Afghanistan?

Ramya Raja, Staff Writer May 10, 2017

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, The United States military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on the terrorist organization, ISIS, in Afghanistan. The 21,000 lbs bomb struck what United States intelligence...

ISIS has lost much of its territory over the past few months. Ramadi, Manbij, Tikrit, and Fallujah are four large cities that the group has lost to its enemies since December 2015. Mosul, a city of over 600,000 people, is the last remaining large city in Iraq under ISIS control. Photo from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_DiS-qnKjo.

ISIS Puts up Fierce Resistance in Battle for Mosul

Jack Scott, Staff Writer December 2, 2016

The Iraqi and Kurdish armies’ struggle to reconquer the city of Mosul is making swift progress, but the outnumbered and desperate ISIS forces are employing multiple brutal methods to try and maintain...

“Still do I fail to understand who that fool was, just what it was he bled for.  Perhaps the wonder lies in that which our souls will see, but our minds will not.”

Of a Dead Man and his Sea

Bim Peacock, Literature Editor May 23, 2016

Let it be known I was there from the beginning of that fool’s dash to the end.  Quite literally I was, for I stood as the first to meet him after thirty years of his imprisonment.  A nation had risen...

Two Syrian boys, who fled from home with their family, walk back to their tent in a refugee camp

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Emily Stocksdale, Staff Writer December 10, 2015

In 2011, what began as peaceful protests against the Syrian government morphed into a full-out war.  Other countries jumped in, and soon Syria was entangled in a confused battle against terrorism, rebellion,...

Victory in Europe (VE) Day is not a day to mark the end of the entire war, only the fighting in Europe. Later in the year (often around early September), various East Asian countries, as well as the United States, celebrate Victory over Japan (VJ) Day. VJ Day is the only holiday celebrated in both Koreas.

VE Day Commemorations Across the World

Jack Scott, Staff Writer May 13, 2015

Countries from across the world have been hosting parades and elaborate celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. In the United States, period planes...

My brother and I designed and made our own practice swords and said that we would make them real…

Brother’s Battle

Jacob Blodgett, Staff Writer May 8, 2015

“That,” an old man said, “Is a very unique design for a sword. Are you going to the Smith’s to have it made?” The young soldier turned to the old man. “No, sir.” he replied, “This...

The photo above is from Kyle’s novel, ‘American Sniper.’ “Me and Taya, the love of my life and better half,” Kyle wrote. Chris Kyle was more than just a bronco rider from Texas or the deadliest sniper in U.S. history; he was a father, a husband, and a friend.(Photograph courtesy of Heather Hurt/Calluna Photography.)

The True Story Behind American Sniper

Rhiannon Martin , Staff Writer March 24, 2015

By now, everybody has either seen the new Bradley Cooper movie 'American Sniper' or at least heard bits and pieces of the true story behind the deadliest sniper in American history. Chris Kyle, who completed...

(Screenshot from YouTube). A young Louis Zamperini sprints through the finish line at the Olympics.

“Unbroken” Review

Jack Dalmolin, Staff Writer February 13, 2015

Unbroken is an uplifting, family-friendly movie with an enthralling storyline and an even more inspiring message. Unbroken, which hit the theaters on Christmas day, had the potential to add to the holiday...

Masked Hamas militants parade their weapons through the streets of Gaza.

Israel and Gaza: the Endless Cycle

Ethan Simmons, Staff writer December 15, 2014

Recently, tensions in Israel and Gaza have erupted in an incredible show of violence. It has now escalated into a full ground offensive by Israeli troops into Hamas held Gaza. It all started when three...

A wives tale, they said. Nothing to take stock into, they said. They were wrong.

Wishing Well

Raicheal Havins, Staff Writer May 15, 2014

Hidden in plain sight, they waited; those monstrous beings that destroyed our town. Barely made it out with my life, I did. My friends, my family, my village destroyed.   “Grandpa, what happened...

“Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.” (Sun Zu, The Art of War).

The Final Battle

Jacob Blodgett, Staff Writer May 13, 2014

“Sun-Tzu said: The art of war is vital to the State.” He could not have been more right. I have studied the Art of War until I could recite it perfectly. It is the law when it comes to war. It is what...

The last hope remaining: a hindrance in society.

Hinder

Morgan Franklin, Staff Writer May 12, 2014

In the world, shots fired. Not small shots, but deadly Detrimental shots. They Tore entire lives up. These were not gun shots or Military bombs, but They were shots of control. New orders. New...

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