Renewed Hope for Broward Family of FBI Agent Bob Levinson Held in Iran

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgU.S. officials for years said Levinson was working for a private client on his trip to Iran. In December 2013, The Associated Press reported that the ex-agent had actually been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations.Since his disappearance, photos and video of Levinson in an orange jumpsuit emerged in 2010 and 2011. His family is suing Iran in U.S. federal court under the allegation that the Iranian government kidnapped him.FBI posterIran has acknowledged there is an open Revolutionary Court case involving Levinson, but a foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday that the case was a “missing person” filing — not a sign that the ex-agent was being prosecuted.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last week that the State Department would offer $20 million on top of a previously posted $5 million reward for information on Levinson’s case.“The Trump administration has made clear that the regime in Iran must release all missing and wrongfully detained Americans, including Robert Levinson, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi, and others,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We will not rest until they are reunited with their families.”Dan Levinson said his family has never given up hope Levinson’s alive even though they haven’t heard from him in 12 years, making him the longest-held hostage in U.S. history. The Coral Springs family of former FBI agent Bob Levinson held captive in Iran for over a decade, is emboldened in their fight for his release.Last week, the U.S. government announced a $20-million reward for information leading to his location and safe return.That’s on top of the $5-million FBI award.FILE – In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was “on going,” without elaborating. The Associated Press obtained the text of the filing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)President Donald Trump on Sunday used Twitter to urge Iran to turn over former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission.“If Iran is able to turn over to the U.S. kidnapped former FBI Agent Robert A. Levinson, who has been missing in Iran for 12 years, it would be a very positive step,” the president wrote. last_img read more


Assistant coach Bhattacharjee driving Syracuse’s future with recruiting success

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Published on September 17, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ After a 3-2 double-overtime win over Vermont last Sunday, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon made a joke about assistant coach Neel Bhattacharjee in front of the team.“Phil overheard someone say ‘Neel’s so cute’ after the joke,” said freshman Jessica Vigna, laughing. “So then on the white board afterward, the team put up, ‘Neel equals cute.’”Whether it’s Bhattacharjee’s personality or looks that has the team deeming him “cute,” Wheddon is mostly impressed with the recruiting coordinator’s immediate success. Bhattacharjee has been on the SU staff since 2012 and the team’s newest class is the first that he is mainly responsible for.The 11 freshmen were ranked the 17th-best class in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and a handful have been in the mix in Syracuse’s (3-2-3) second year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. So far this season, eight of the 11 freshmen have started in at least one game, and first-year goalie Courtney Bronson, who was expected to start prior to the season, is sidelined with an injury.“I think we have a very well-balanced class where we addressed some very specific positional needs,” Bhattacharjee said. “A number of them have made strong contributions, with starting time and playing time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re excited because we know they’re just going to continue to grow and develop.”Bhattacharjee’s work is contributing to results.Freshmen Alex Lamontagne, Jessica Vigna and Alexis Muraco have all recorded their first collegiate goals. Lamontagne is second on the team in goals, with three, this year, and second in points, with seven.“His personal touch on emails and attendance at my games was really cool,” said Vigna, who scored her first goal and collected an assist in SU’s 2-2 tie at Drexel on Sunday. “It definitely played a role on me choosing SU.”Responsibilities as recruiting coordinator include evaluating talent, emailing recruits up to three times a week, attending games and giving tours when recruits visit campus. But Bhattacharjee reduces the recruitment process into two simpler categories: evaluation and formal recruitment.Bhattacharjee heads recruiting and is also the only assistant coach listed on the team’s roster, and Wheddon recognizes the effect he has while juggling roles.“He’s invaluable to our success,” Wheddon said. “Having a top-20 class in his first real year in recruiting is unbelievable.”The No. 17 ranking is no stroke of luck for Bhattacharjee. Prior to joining Syracuse in January 2012, Bhattacharjee worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the women’s soccer program at Boston College, where he said he brought in top-10 recruiting classes.After Syracuse tied BC in 2011 — a year after BC reached the final four — Bhattacharjee took notice of Syracuse, and was impressed with the progress the program was making.“I told Phil I could continue to get him even better players,” Bhattacharjee said. “This is a place where we could do some special things and have an impact.“I’m excited to be a part of it.”Aside from recruiting, Bhattacharjee specializes in goalkeeping, like Wheddon, but is responsible for coaching all of the team’s units in practice and in games — with Wheddon and him splitting time with the Orange’s goalies and positional players.While he stays busy on the field, his most noticeable contribution to the program is the talent he’s recruited and his commitment to pushing the program forward.“We are trying to improve our stature within the conference and also nationally,” Bhattacharjee said. “If we can do some good things in the ACC, success just leads to more success.“Everyone’s attracted to a winning program, we just need to build on that.” Commentslast_img read more