A photo from Madden fishing at Twin Lakes Park. All he wants to do anymore is to go fishing.

Pakistan: On Terror's Frontline

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

Cairo, Egypt

Here are a few photos from my visit to Egypt.

99th Flag Cased

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.

Pakistan Children

These are a few photos I took of children in Pakistan.


Here are a few of my photos from my recent trip to Pakistan.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancé, Stephanie Strasburg.

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