February 3, 2013 |
Military sniper Chris Kyle had survived the dust-worn places where he had to worry about enemy fire - or even friendly fire - until this weekend. Kyle, 38, an author and former Navy SEAL, was shot dead Saturday by an unemployed, 25-year-old Marine veteran, Texas officials said Sunday. Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield, 35, was also killed. No one witnessed the shootings, authorities said. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot Kyle and Littlefield multiple times at a secluded gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Fort Worth, investigators said at a televised news conference.
January 21, 2013 |
It seemed like a nightmare become real -- a string of random shootings in the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002 that gripped the nation with fear and confusion. That the perpetrators, once captured, turned out to be a former soldier and a teenage boy only made the spree more surreal, more troubling. The Sundance film “Blue Caprice” -- named after the perpetrators' Chevrolet -- revisits the attacks in dramatic, not documentary, fashion. But rather than a torn-from-the-headlines thriller, “Blue Caprice” transforms the story into an abstracted character study, one directed with the cerebral iciness of Roman Polanski.
December 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A former neighbor of the Webster, N.Y., sniper who killed two volunteer firefighters on Christmas Eve illegally bought the guns used in the killing, federal authorities charged Friday. Dawn M. Nguyen, 24, of Greece, N.Y., was charged in federal court with acting as a straw purchaser for William Spengler, who as a felon could not legally buy guns for himself. Spengler was convicted of killing his grandmother in 1980. Nguyen also faces state felony charges on allegations of falsifying business records.
June 13, 2012 |
The three-day search for the man charged with a triple homicide near Auburn University ended peacefully Tuesday night when the suspect walked up the steps of an Alabama courthouse and surrendered to a U.S. Marshal inside. Desmonte Leonard, 22, was charged with three counts of capital murder and booked into a jail in Montgomery County. He will make a preliminary court appearance Wednesday or Thursday. Leonard had been in hiding since Saturday, when authorities say he opened fire at a pool party in an off-campus apartment complex.
June 13, 2012 |
QUSAIR, Syria - The sky above the mosque is pastel blue, but in the distance is the sound of threatening thunder. But it's not stormy weather. It's shelling, the same kind of shelling that already slammed into the Rahman mosque almost a dozen times, leaving the facade agape with holes that look like extra windows. For more than two months, no one prayed in the mosque, fearing it would be struck again by government tanks positioned around this mostly opposition-run town near the border with Lebanon.
March 26, 2012 |
Um Eddine shudders as she describes the icy night she and her four children reached the barbed-wire fence that marks the border between her native Syria and Jordan. She pushed her two youngest children through and continued to run, hoping that the ordeal of leaving her troubled homeland, where her husband had been jailed for protesting against President Bashar Assad, was almost over. But she soon noticed that her eldest two children, ages 6 and 7, were no longer behind her. She suppressed a mother's urge to call out for them in the dark, remembering the family had been warned against making noise during their escape, lest they alert government snipers hiding in the hills who would open fire at any cracking branch.
March 5, 2012
American Sniper The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice William Morrow: 381 pp., $26.99
March 5, 2012 |
This is the season of celebrity for the Navy SEALs. The takedown of Osama bin Laden at his hideout in Pakistan thrust the institutionally secretive SEALs into the modern-media spotlight. Soon the SEALs seemed to become America's favorite warriors: silent, deadly, mysterious. There have been innumerable news stories about SEAL Team Six, which killed Bin Laden. Also, a Newsweek cover story ("Navy SEALs: Obama's Secret Army") and a new movie,"Act of Valor,"featuring real SEALs. Add to this mix "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. MilitaryHistory" by former SEAL Chris Kyle, with help from San Diego lawyer Scott McEwen and writer Jim DeFelice, whose credits include a biography of Gen. Omar Bradley and a series of military thrillers.
February 23, 2012 |
The first shot, apparently fired by a government sniper, scattered children who had gathered near a forlorn pair of rusted amusement park rides. The second round, a loud boom from a Russian-made armored vehicle, sent everyone scrambling. Shopkeepers shuttered their storefronts with metal grates, elderly men abandoned their sidewalk chess match, and bystanders helped a boy who had been hawking apples to hurriedly pack up his pushcart. Shouts and chaos ensued as young men hopped onto the backs of motorcycles or into the beds of pickup trucks, all racing in the direction of the shooting.
January 1, 2012 |
It's Friday, and this suburb just seven miles from the capital and dangerously close to the epicenter of the Syrian regime's control is in lockdown. Army trucks carrying extra troops trundle through the nearly deserted streets around the central mosque. The hunched green outlines of soldiers can be made out on the tops of tall buildings, following the movement below with the tracer points on their sniper rifles. Down the street, locals position their defenses: flaming barricades made of the week's trash, rocks and garbage cans.