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Oct 6th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 6, 2010

Iraq-Afghanistan Casualties

One year ago today, I provided my weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Army Pfc. Ryane G. Clark, 22, New London, Minn., died Oct. 4, 2010 in Shekhabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Pfc. Clark was assigned to the 27th Combat Engineer Battalion (Airborne), 20th Combat Engineer Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C. He is survived by his parents, Rick and Tracy Clark; sister, Aleah Auge; and grandparents, Eugene and Arlene Haugen.


Two Years Ago — October 6, 2009

Iraq-Afghanistan Casualties

Two years ago today, on October 6, 2009, I provided my weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Army National Guard Sgt. Thomas D. Rabjohn, 39, Litchfield Park, Ariz., died Oct. 3, 2009 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during an attempt to disarm it. Sgt. Rabjohn was assigned to the 363rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment, Arizona National Guard, Coolidge, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Nikki, and daughters Kylee, 14, Koree, 13, and Kelsee, 12.


Three Years Ago — October 6, 2008

U.S. Army Unveils New Nation-Building Doctrine

Image: Pakistani demonstrators
Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans as they burn a U.S. flag during a protest rally in Multan, Pakistan, on Oct. 6, 2008. Pakistan insisted it had not made a deal allowing the U.S. to fire missiles at militant hideouts in Pakistani territory. (Photo credit: Khalid Tanveer / AP)

Three years ago today, on October 6, 2008, I reported that the United States Army unveiled a new doctrine that foresaw nation-building missions as becoming more important than conventional warfare; defined “fragile states” that breed crime, terrorism, and religious and ethnic strife as the greatest threat to U.S. national security; and held that American troops in future would be less likely to engage in major ground combat against hostile states as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq, instead being called upon more often to operate in lawless areas to safeguard populations and rebuild countries.

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