Pentagon: Man behind Marriott Hotel bombing killed in US drone strike

A US airstrike in southeast Afghanistan killed an al Qaeda leader responsible for the suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan, the Pentagon said.

Qari Yasin was killed in a drone strike in Paktika Province on March 19, the Pentagon said late Saturday.

The September 2008 suicide truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killed more than 50 people, including two US service members. It sparked a fire that charred the hotel, which is near the diplomatic section of Islamabad.

Yasin is responsible for other carnage, including an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, which was visiting Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2009. In that incident, gunmen sprayed the team’s tour bus with bullets as it neared the stadium, killing eight people — six police officers and two civilians — and leaving several visiting players wounded.

The attack was a huge blow for the future of international cricket in Pakistan. In the years that followed, international teams backed out of playing in the country, citing security concerns. In 2015, visiting teams played in Pakistan for the first time since the incident.

“The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Responds to Keystone Pipeline Permit Approval

Published March 26, 2017 CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — On Friday, President Trump announced that the State Department has issued the final permit necessary to proceed with the Keystone Pipeline. On his second day in office, this President made it his priority to push through two controversial pipelines. The Dakota Access and Keystone lines are dangerous, […]

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Longtime Chickasaw Legislator Dean McManus Passes Away in Ada

Published March 26, 2017 ADA, OKLAHOMA – Dean McManus, a full-blood Chickasaw who devoted over 40 years of her life to enhancing the lives of Chickasaws, passed away March 18. She was 78. Funeral services were March 22 at Central Church of Christ, Ada. Gov. Bill Anoatubby delivered the eulogy. Interment followed in McGee Cemetery, […]

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Parents of Baby Born with Rare Eye Defect Seek Public’s Help

Published March 26, 2017 GALLUP – Branson Johnson held his 5-month-old daughter Asuna Charley Johnson and continuously kissed her chubby cheeks. “She loves to jump, she loves to bite,” said Johnson, 21, as Asuna looked straight ahead. “And she has very strong, chubby legs. They look like dinner rolls.” Asuna was complacent and was enjoying her […]

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No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 3 Oregon advance in NCAA tournament

Half of the Final Four field is set after Saturday’s games, with Gonzaga and Oregon both winning to advance from their regional finals.

 

No. 1 seed Gonzaga beat No. 11 Xavier 83-59 in the West Region final, while No. 3 Oregon defeated No. 1 Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Region final.
 

The rest of the field will be set on Sunday, with No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky playing in the South Region final and No. 4 Florida and No. 7 South Carolina in the East Region final.

 

The Final Four gets underway on Saturday, April 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with the national semifinals. The winners of those games will then face off on Monday, April 3, for the national championship.

 

No matter who wins, there will be a new champion. Defending national champion Villanova was eliminated in the round of 32 by Wisconsin. The last back-to-back NCAA champions was Florida in 2006 and 2007.