June 3, 2016 |
While the media focus on the battle to drive ISIS from the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the most critical drive to crush the caliphate is happening in Syria. Right now. Helped by U.S. special forces, Syrian Kurds and Sunni tribal fighters are laying the groundwork for retaking the caliphate's capital in Raqqa. I was in northern Syria in March and talked to Syrian Kurdish leaders about these efforts, which are heating up north of the city. This week, I heard the latest details from Saleh Muslim, a top political leader of the Syrian Kurds.
November 4, 2015
FORGET THE IDEA of a stadium. Temple University is in the unique position to establish a leadership role by rallying other colleges and universities to donate money to the struggling public schools. By passing on the stadium, Temple makes a powerful statement that can make a much larger impact in the lives of students on the playing field of "life. " By kick-starting a program, higher education in the city benefits on many levels. Peter Tobia Philadelphia Letter told a lie Lora Neal rants on about the Black Lives Matter movement mentioning all the familiar names, but that's what it is. Just rants.
September 10, 2014 |
Matt Cook loves to enchant an audience. As a high school student in Palos Verdes, Calif., he once performed as a close-up magician in front of Hollywood greats including Daniel Day-Lewis and Sylvester Stallone. Now pursuing a doctorate in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Cook was once a member of the Magic Castle Junior Society in Los Angeles, where young performers sharpen their magic acts. Now, he's found another outlet for creating alternative realities. His first thriller novel, Sabotage , is being published Tuesday by Tor/Forge Books, followed by a release party and book signing at the Penn Bookstore at 6 p.m. Sabotage follows the adventures of a team of graduate students working to take down a villain with dangerous weapons technology who controls a hijacked cruise ship and could be linked to the disappearance of a Stanford University professor.
May 9, 2014
Why is everybody making noise just because I took some girls who were in Western education anyway? - Abubakar Shekau Those are the words of the Islamist leader described as "the craziest of all commanders. " He organized the raid that kidnapped 300 girls from a Nigerian boarding school three weeks ago. Reason doesn't seem to be in Shekau's vocabulary, which only adds to the urgency to free the children. While the United States has offered intelligence assistance, hostage negotiators, and other aid, Britain said it will send special forces if Nigeria asks.
July 28, 2013 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - More than 1,000 inmates escaped a prison Saturday in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country, signs of the simmering unrest gripping a nation overrun by militias and awash in weaponry. It was not immediately clear whether the jailbreak at al-Kweifiya prison was related to the demonstrations. Protesters had massed across Libya over the killing of an activist critical of the country's Muslim Brotherhood. Inmates started a riot and set fires after security forces opened fire on three detainees who tried to escape the facility outside Benghazi, a security official at al-Kweifiya prison said.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Declaring "the days of Rambo are over," a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military's special operations units. Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, director of force management for U.S. Special Operations Command, said that having seen women working alongside commando teams in Afghanistan, he is less concerned about their physical strength than the social issues that could arise.
May 21, 2013
Gunman kills 4 at Israeli bank JERUSALEM - A gunman stormed into a bank in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on Monday, killing four people and taking a hostage before killing himself, police said. Police initially suspected a bungled bank robbery, but later changed their assessment. They identified the gunman as a former military officer who had fallen on hard times financially. The 40-year-old man arrived at the bank to withdraw money and settle a debt, police said. He reportedly got into an argument with the bank manager and came back an hour later with a handgun that was licensed to him and opened fire.
March 12, 2013
HARRISBURG - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's "major claims" as he appeals a child sexual-abuse conviction include the many years that went by before accusers notified authorities, according to a pair of defense filings Monday. Attorney Norris Gelman said only one of the eight boys who testified against Sandusky reported allegations of abuse promptly. The others waited between four and 14 years. Penn State's costs from the scandal topped $41 million as of the end of December, the university posted Monday.
February 25, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered all U.S. Special Operations forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of "innocent people. " A presidential office statement that followed a meeting of Afghanistan's National Security Council also demanded an immediate halt to special-forces activity in Wardak province west of Kabul, a hub of counterinsurgency operations. The action comes after Karzai last week banned his forces from calling in NATO air strikes in populated areas, citing civilian casualties.
February 1, 2013 |
Should the United States leave any troops in Afghanistan after 2014? Would that prevent the return of militant jihadis who could threaten nuclear-armed Pakistan next door? With most or all U.S. forces set to leave Afghanistan by 2014, President Obama is considering a "zero option," which would mean relying on drone strikes and special forces to counter militants, while leaving overall security to shaky Afghan forces. Is this the best approach, I asked Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who, as U.S. commander in Afghanistan, presided over the U.S. troop "surge," but also led the Joint Special Operations Command in its fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI)