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Archive for the 'Libya' Category

Oct 20th, 2011

Summary: Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed near his home town of Sirte. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 20, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that an internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency documented a litany of intelligence breakdowns leading to the Dec. 30, 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan by Jordanian double agent Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi that killed seven CIA employees.

Aug 21st, 2011

Summary: In Libya, rebels are advancing on the capital city of Tripoli as Moammar Gadhafi vows to fight until the bitter end. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 21, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Israel denounced Iran’s fueling up of its first nuclear power plant, in Bushehr, as “totally unacceptable” and called for more international pressure to force Tehran to cease any uranium enrichment.

Apr 30th, 2011

Summary: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has survived a NATO missile strike that reportedly killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab Gadhafi and three grandchildren. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 30, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil a day was spewing from the blown-out well at the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded April 20, 2010 and sank two days later.

Apr 7th, 2011

Summary: Army Gen. Carter Ham, the former U.S. commander of the military mission in Libya, describes the ongoing operation as a stalemate that is more likely to go on now that America has handed control to NATO, adding that the U.S. may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 7, 2010, Aubrey Immelman announced a second challenge to incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann for her U.S. House of Representatives seat in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, on a platform of national security, law and order, fiscal responsibility, and uncompromising opposition to political extremism.

Mar 31st, 2011

Summary: The surging unrest in numerous countries in the Middle East and northern Africa is a complex and fast-moving story. To help make sense of it, asked experts to share their insights on the protests, answer readers’ questions, and explain why what happens in that volatile region matters. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 31, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Iraq’s political disarray had deepened, with potential kingmaker Muqtada al-Sadr withholding his support from the two biggest election winners — the blocs of Ayad Allawi and Nouri al-Maliki — and saying he would ask his supporters to make their choice in a referendum.

Summary: President Barack Obama signed a so-called presidential “finding” authorizing clandestine CIA operations in Libya. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 30, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Mar 28th, 2011

Summary: In a nationally televised address from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama said the U.S. military action in Libya “stopped [Moammar] Gadhafi’s deadly advance,” fulfilling what he said was a U.S. responsibility not to “turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 28, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured reporting of a “Welcome Home” event for the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls and other Central Minnesota military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, organized by the St. Cloud Times and St. Cloud-area civic organizations and businesses.

Mar 26th, 2011

Summary: Latest news and images from the conflict in Libya. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 26, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that former U.S.-backed prime minister Iyad Allawi and his secular, anti-Iranian coalition narrowly won Iraq’s parliamentary elections, edging out the bloc of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and a coalition that includes anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, which finished a strong third and could end up playing the role of kingmaker.

Mar 22nd, 2011

Summary: Did President Barack Obama violate the U.S. Constitution or federal law when he ordered the U.S. military to participate in enforcing a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing “all necessary measures,” including strikes by air and sea, to protect civilians from attacks by Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces? … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 22, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Republican delegates at Minnesota’s Sixth District GOP convention in St. Cloud on Saturday, March 20, 2010 voted unanimously to return politically paranoid conspiracy nut Michele Bachmann to Congress for a third term.

Mar 20th, 2011

Summary: Moammar Gadhafi vowed a “long war” as allied forces launched a second night of strikes on Libya, inflicting heavy losses, while jubilant rebels who only a day before were in danger of being crushed by his forces now boasted they would bring him down. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 20, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy appeared to be working in one area vital to U.S. national security: Pakistan.