Richard Sisk has more than 40 years experience in journalism as a reporter and editor for the wire services and the N.Y. Daily News. He has embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reported from Beirut, Tel Aviv, Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, Haiti, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Eritrea and other conflict zones. He has also covered five presidential campaigns while working from Washington, D.C.
Sisk was born in Brooklyn and is a 1965 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., with a degree in political science. He served with the 2nd Battalion Fourth Marines in Vietnam in 1967-68.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey said Thursday that U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces will be limited to Iraq for the time being, but the ISIL threat eventually will have to be confronted at its core in Syria. At a Pentagon briefing, Hagel and Dempsey appeared to be preparing a war-wear... more
The Pentagon on Friday left open the possibility that the air campaign in Iraq could be expanded to hit bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria. "We don't telegraph our punches," said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary. He referred to remarks Thursday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said "we'r... more
The Pentagon protested Friday against Tuesday's "very close, very dangerous" intercept by a Chinese fighter jet of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea off the Chinese island of Hainan. "We expressed our concerns through diplomatic channels," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said at a briefing. The ... more
U.S. warplanes continued airstrikes against Islamic militants around the Mosul dam following the recapture of the key facility by Kurdish and Iraqi forces, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. One airstrike destroyed a checkpoint used by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, CentCom said. A second airstrike against an unspecif... more
The Missouri National Guard has selected military police officers and other soldiers with law-enforcement backgrounds to help provide security in Ferguson, an official said. Gov. Jay Nixon this week ordered the state's National Guard to the St. Louis suburb, which has been rocked by protests and violence since the Aug. 9 killing of an unarm... more