July 5, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Gunmen in the restive Sinai Peninsula killed one Egyptian soldier and wounded two others in an attack in the border city of Rafah near the Gaza Strip, Egyptian media reported Friday. It was unclear whether the attack was motivated by the military coup this week against President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party. The Sinai has long been plagued by violence and insecurity. Islamist groups, some with links to the Gaza Strip, frequently use the region as a launching pad for attacks against Israel, and fears are rising that Morsi's ouster will trigger a flare-up in violence.
October 16, 2012
Re "Libya becomes a point of contention," Oct. 13 Let's assume there was a security error at the consulate in Libya. Still, the State Department likely had real-time information on what was happening at the consulate on Sept. 11 and knew it was a terrorist attack. So at a minimum you must assume that these facts were passed on to the president by the next day. From that point forward, the White House engaged in misdirection. When you are not telling the truth for political reasons and use others in your administration to assist in the misdirection, you have a president who places his own political fortunes ahead of the country.
February 26, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan army soldiers Wednesday morning in a western district of Kabul, wounding six of them and four civilians in the second security incident in the capital this week. As snow fell over the region, the bomber struck while soldiers were boarding an Afghan Defense Ministry bus in the Pul-e-Sokhta area of Kabul shortly after 7 a.m. The wounded were being treated at a hospital and are in stable condition, according to a statement from Kabul's police chief.
September 12, 2012 |
Congressional leaders swiftly condemned the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but defense hawks in particular said now is not the time to back away from supporting democratic efforts in the Middle East. "We are anguished and outraged," said a joint statement from three of the Senate's top defense leaders, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut. They called the slain U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, a friend.
December 15, 2012 |
BEIJING -- On Friday morning, a lone angry man walked up to an elementary school and attacked the most vulnerable people he could find, children ages of 6 to 11. It was almost the same scenario as in Newtown, Conn., except this was in Henan Province, China, and the attacker was armed only with a knife, not a gun. He injured 22 children, but nobody was killed. Comparisons between the Dec. 14 school attacks 7,000 miles apart are inevitable and provoking much comment on both sides of the Pacific.
February 2, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles and suicide explosive vests launched a predawn raid on a Pakistani army camp in the country's volatile northwest Saturday, killing 23 people and injuring at least eight. The attack took place at a camp and checkpost in Lakki Marwat, a region just east of North Waziristan, the tribal area that the Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda and other militant groups continue to use as a primary base of operations, according to Pakistani security officials and local authorities.