Les Sillars

Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.

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Pakistan awaits election results in aftermath of bombing

by Les Sillars
Posted 7/25/18, 01:23 pm

Pakistan is awaiting national election results Wednesday after voting was disrupted by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle and scattered violence elsewhere in the country. The bomber rammed into people waiting outside a polling station in the city of Quetta, killing 31 people. Police said clashes between rival political parties have killed another person and wounded 15 others across the country. 

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Bombings spark battles in southern Syria, killing 90

by Les Sillars
Posted 7/25/18, 12:30 pm

A series of suicide bombings and attacks that sparked fighting between local armed groups in southern Syria killed close to 90 people and wounded 80 others on Wednesday, according to a local health official and activists. The attacks spread mayhem in a province that has been relatively quiet throughout Syria’s seven-year conflict. Attacks in the city of Sweida coincided with attacks in several villages by a militant group linked to Islamic State (ISIS), prompting deadly battles with pro-government fighters and residents who picked up weapons to defend their hometowns.

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Russia-backed hackers penetrated U.S. utilities

by Les Sillars
Posted 7/25/18, 11:10 am

Hackers working for Russia last year gained access to some U.S. utilities where they could have caused blackouts, according to The Wall Street Journal. The long-running campaign by a state-sponsored group known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear used phishing emails and spoof websites to penetrate the networks of key tech vendors that had trusted relationships with the power companies.

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