Summary: July 2010 has become the deadliest month of the nearly 9-year-old Afghanistan war for U.S. forces, surpassing the previous record of 60, set in in June 2010. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 31, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that bombs exploded near five Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 29 people, in an apparent coordinated attack that targeted worshippers leaving Friday prayers.
Summary: The results of a July 2010 KSTP/SurveyUSA poll show Republican Michele Bachmann with a significant lead of 9 points over Democrat Tarryl Clark, with 8 points combined for Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson and unaffiliated independent Aubrey Immelman, and 5 percent undecided. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 30, 2009 Aubrey Immelman featured a New York Times report that Col. Timothy R. Reese, a senior American military adviser in Baghdad, had concluded in an unusually blunt memo that Iraqi forces suffered from entrenched deficiencies but were able to protect the Iraqi government, and that it was therefore time “for the U.S. to declare victory and go home.” In his report, Col. Reese detailed Iraqi military weaknesses in scathing language, including corruption, poor management, and the inability to resist Shiite political pressure.
Summary: Tea Party groups in Missouri are furious that national tea party figurehead Rep. Michele Bachmann is endorsing Rep. Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate in Missouri. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 29, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance at Georgetown University, had been selected to deliver the Third Annual Eugene McCarthy Lecture at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
Summary: The federal government has delivered a stinging blow against The People, granting an injunction against key provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law, enacted to counter the federal government’s dereliction of duty in securing the border and enforcing the law of the land. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 28, 2009 Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), compiled from U.S. Department of Defense News Releases.
Summary: Weekly report of U.S. military deaths in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), compiled from U.S. Department of Defense News Releases. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 27, 2009 Aubrey Immelman analyzed the outlook for the 2010 U.S. House of Representatives election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, surveying the political environment in which the contest will take place.
Summary: A six-year archive of classified military documents released on the Internet by an organization called WikiLeaks offers an unvarnished picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 26, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that North Korea expressed an interest in holding direct talks with the United States and provided an abridged summary of his psychological profile of Kim Jong-Il, developed for the U.S. government.
Summary: Two U.S. Navy personnel have gone missing in action in Afghanistan. According to a Taliban spokesman, on sailor was killed in a brief firefight and the other captured. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 25, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that Taliban fighters armed with suicide vests and automatic weapons, for the second time in a week, attacked a provincial capital in eastern Afghanistan, triggering hours-long gunbattles that left seven militants dead.
Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann says if Republicans win control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm election, “all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another” to “expose all the nonsense that is going on.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 24, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee had added U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to its list of most vulnerable incumbents for 2010 in the NRCC’s “Patriot Program,” while the Swing State Project rated Bachmann as being in “real danger” of losing her seat in the next election. He also noted that a survey of 25 nations conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in spring 2009 found that positive public attitudes toward the United States had surged in many parts of the world since President Barack Obama’s election, to levels not seen since before President George W. Bush took office in 2001.
Summary: North Korea is threatening to launch a “sacred war” against the United States and South Korea at “any time necessary,” based on its nuclear deterrent, in response to so-called “reckless” military exercises by the allies. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 23, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that President Barack Obama, in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House, said the United States would stick to its status-of-forces agreement with Iraq and remove all its troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.
Summary: A car bomb outside a Shiite mosque in the village of Abu Sayda near Baqouba north of Baghdad killed 15 people, the third deadly attack in the region in as many days, while a U.S. soldier was killed in a separate bombing in the same province. … The Taliban claims it shot down a helicopter that crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. service members. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 22, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that Iraq’s western city of Ramadi, Anbar province, declared a state of emergency and imposed a vehicle ban after several bomb attacks; bombs also exploded across Baghdad, killing 16 people and wounding dozens.