Madrassas: The war on terror hinges on the safety and security of Pakistan. Increasing instability in the world's largest Muslim country has raised fear and concern across the globe. In recent months, the Taliban and extremist groups within the country launched attacks with increasing frequency and ferocity. They spread from the lawless tribal regions to the heartland of the nuclear-armed country....Where is extremism bred? Madrassas, translated, means place of learning. For children in the most impoverished places, local madrassas and the Islamic theology they teach offer the only option for schooling. Many feel the extremism spreading through Pakistan is born in poverty and raised in the more radical madrassas.
To read more about madrassas and Pakistan's struggle against terror read Betsy Hiel's story at http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/specialreports/trib-in-pakistan/s_622366.html
On Sunday afternoon members of the US Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command held a ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland to case their flag. The 99th and it's checkerboard flag have called Pittsburgh home since 1921 but will now be relocated to Ft. Dix, N.J. As part of a national reorganization that coincided with the Defense Department's 2005 base restructuring, the Army Reserve decided to consolidate its 10 regional readiness commands into four regional support commands. The changes sent the 99th of Moon to Fort Dix as one of the four support commands, and expanded its responsibilities from Pennsylvania and four other states to a 13-state region including Pennsylvania.
The 99th Infantry fought at the Battle of the Bulge and held the "north shoulder" of the Bulge against heavy, repeated attacks by the Germans. The 99th then went on to become the first Allied infantry division to cross the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.