The Raider Wire

Should We Have Dropped the Bomb on Afghanistan?

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

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 revealed to be a network of tunnels where ISIS fighters were hiding out with the intention to continue...

ISIS Puts up Fierce Resistance in Battle for Mosul

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:

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 their hold on the city. The terrorist group is utilizing fleets of car bombs, as well as roadside im...

Of a Dead Man and his Sea

“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.”

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 and fallen in that span, his time being of the former, yet when the new era began and those convicted...

Syrian Refugee Crisis

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

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, governments, with shoddy alliances and a variety of goals to be accomplished. As with all...

VE Day Commemorations Across the World

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.

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 flew over Washington D.C. in formations recounting various battles from the war. One plane that experienced engine trouble landed safely at Reagan National Airport. The event was attended by thousands, including veterans of the war. President Barack O...

Brother’s Battle

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

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 is not a design, but what I use in battle.” The soldier unhooked the wooden sword from his back...

The True Story Behind American Sniper

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.)

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 four tours in Iraq, had a confirmed kill rate of 160 out of a possible 255 kills. His statistics...

“Unbroken” Review

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

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 spirit for millions of families across America - and it did just that, becoming the third biggest...

Israel and Gaza: the Endless Cycle

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

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 Israeli students were kidnaped and subsequently killed in the West Bank on June 14th. Israel was convinced the killings were carried out by Hamas supporters, in ...

Wishing Well

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

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 to your town? Why do you live with ma and me now?” Haylie inquired, disrupting her grandfather’s...

The Final Battle

“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).

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 every soldier, lieutenant, and general should follow. I have based all of my tactics on what is ...


The last hope remaining: a hindrance in society.

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 routines. New rules to oblige to. True love did not exist, And families were split. Only one thing...

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