French Aircraft Carrier Back at War
The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle launched air strikes on the Islamic State from the Persian Gulf on Dec. 20. This followed strikes from the eastern Mediterranean in November. De Gaulle is the current flagship of Task Force 50, which “which plans and conducts strike operations in the... Read more
U.S. Coast Guard Keeps Watch in New York
Let’s face it, the U.S. Coast Guard is the most underappreciated of the armed services. But don’t forget the branch is responsible for search and rescue missions, inspecting ships for environmental violations and keeping a lookout for terrorists. We recently took a ride with the Coast Guard patrolling the waters... Read more
Video — Chinese and U.S. Troops Train Together on the West Coast
There’s a paradox when it comes to how the American and Chinese militaries interact. In the South China Sea, U.S. warships put on a show of force near Chinese artificial islands — sprawling outposts which give Beijing the ability to project power near several nations with reason to fear it.... Read more
Haiti’s Tiny Coast Guard Faces a Huge Challenge
To patrol Haiti’s 1,535 kilometers of coastline, the job falls to 150 Coast Guard sailors and 10 boats. And that’s an improvement. Four years ago, the Coast Guard only had 99 sailors. “People try to go to America,” Gilbert Guichard, the Haitian Coast Guard’s chief of operations told War Is... Read more
Blue Helmets Bring Peace to Haiti
Haiti’s poorly-funded, poorly-equipped police force collapsed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. In response, the United Nations deployed thousands of peacekeepers to bolster security on the streets. Those peacekeepers will go home by the end of 2016 — with the job left to the bolstered Haitian National... Read more
Private Security Firms Fill a Void in Haiti
Haiti’s population is big — more than 10 million people — and growing fast. There are not enough cops to police everyone, and that makes private security companies an unavoidable necessity. “To be honest with you, gangs have better weapons than us, they have very heavy artillery out there,” Marc... Read more
Go Inside Haiti’s Worst Slum
Cité Soleil, or “Sun City” is Haiti’s largest slum and its most dangerous. The gangs run this ghetto. Some parts are too dangerous for the Haitian National Police to patrol. Roughly 500,000 population live in Cité Soleil, the majority in poverty. Outsiders need permission from the gangs to travel... Read more
Extra-Legal Militia Trains on Haitian Mountaintop
Officially, Haiti has no military. A history of military coups, dictators and severe oppression dating back more than a century led to the armed forces’ disbandment in 1995. But on a mountaintop outside Port-au-Prince, a group of uniformed men calling themselves the FADH, the French acronym for the Armed Forces... Read more
‘We Have to Vote, We Gotta Vote,’ Haitians Declare
Haiti’s Oct. 25 presidential election was largely peaceful, but there were tense moments at a polling station when voters lined up for hours and accused police of blocking them from voting. “I don’t feel good at all , because the national police has been politicized,” voter Yowwanson Versaille said. Officers... Read more
U.N. Troops Safeguard Haiti’s Election
During a round of voting in August, Haitians claimed that corrupt politicians sent armed gangs into polling places to stuff ballot boxes and stop people voting for their rivals. Now Haiti is choosing a new president. And to help prevent a repeat of August’s alleged vote-theft, the United Nations... Read more

Zack Baddorf

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Zack Baddorf is a multimedia journalist with 10 years of video, radio, print, photo and web reporting in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the West Bank, Kashmir, and Iraq, as well as rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka and Burma. Most recently, Baddorf spent a year working as a civilian videographer for the U.S. special forces command in Afghanistan. Baddorf served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and worked for a year for an international non-governmental organization in South Sudan doing media development. He served in the U.S. military for five years as a journalist, reporting from across Asia and the Middle East.

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