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Syracuse football recruiting: Safety/OLB Rashad Smith flips commitment from Florida Atlantic to SU

first_img Published on January 24, 2016 at 11:13 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Just committed to play at Syracuse University ️it’s a blessing to say I’m done with the recruiting process. #Cuse pic.twitter.com/DGGVb9w9BC— RISE⃣TO⃣ POWER (@RashadSmith24) January 24, 2016AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith was recruited as an outside linebacker, according to Scout.com. He joins Andrew Armstrong and Kenneth Ruff as linebackers in the Orange’s 2016 recruiting class. The Homestead (Florida) High School product is ranked with three stars and as the 135th best outside linebacker in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Comments Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2016 linebacker Kenneth Ruff flips pledge to SyracuseClass of 2016 LB commit Andrew Armstrong on Syracuse: ‘I just fell in love with it from the start’Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 safety Evan Foster chooses SU after decommitting from Bowling GreenSyracuse football recruiting: Jaquwan Nelson becomes 3rd defensive end in 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: Defensive tackle McKinley Williams becomes 17th member of 2016 class Class of 2016 safety/outside linebacker Rashad Smith flipped his commitment from Florida Atlantic to Syracuse, he announced in a tweet Sunday morning. Smith is now the 20th member of SU’s 2016 recruiting class with a week and a half until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.Smith chose the Orange while on his official visit and is the sixth player to commit to Syracuse in the past 24 hours. He is the eighth player in the class from Florida. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

In Baghdad, families start coming back

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The uprising originated in Iraq’s west and flowed into the capital. Earlier this year, the Sunni tribes and clans in the vast Anbar province began their own revolt and have successfully rid the largely desert region of al-Qaida control. At one point the terrorist group virtually controlled Anbar, often with the complicity of the vast Sunni majority who welcomed the outsiders in their fight against American forces. But, U.S. officials say, al-Qaida overplayed its hand with Iraq’s Sunnis, who practice a moderate version of Islam. American forces were quick to capitalize on the upheaval, welcoming former Sunni enemies as colleagues in securing what was once the most dangerous region of the country. And as 30,000 additional U.S. forces arrived for the crackdown in Baghdad and central Iraq, the American commander, Gen. David Petraeus, began stationing many of them in neighborhood outposts. The mission was not only to take back control but to foster neighborhood groups like the one in Khadra to shake off al-Qaida’s grip. The 40-year-old al-Azawi, who has gone back to work managing a car service, said relatives and friends persuaded him to bring his family home. BAGHDAD – In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday. Saad al-Azawi, his wife and four children are among them. They fled to Syria six months ago, leaving behind what had become one of the capital’s more dangerous districts – west Baghdad’s largely Sunni Khadra region. The family had been living inside a vicious and bloody turf battle between al-Qaida in Iraq and Mahdi Army militiamen. But Azawi said things began changing, becoming more peaceful, in August when radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army fighters to stand down nationwide. About the same time, the Khadra neighborhood Awakening Council rose up against brutal al-Qaida control – the imposition of its austere interpretation of Islam, along with the murder and torture of those who would not comply. “Six months ago, I wouldn’t dare be outside, not even to stand near the garden gate by the street. Killings had become routine. I stopped going to work, I was so afraid,” he said, chatting with friends on a street in the neighborhood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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