First 6 Months of 2011 Deadliest for Afghan Civilians Since War Began (AP, July 14, 2011) — The first half of this year was the deadliest six months for civilians in Afghanistan since the decade-old war began, according to the country’s U.N. mission. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that civilian deaths hit a record high in the first half of this year, up 15 percent on the first six months of 2010, due to roadside and suicide bombings, increased ground fighting, and more deadly air strikes. … Full story
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
One Year Ago — July 17, 2010
One year ago today, I reported that as concerns grew about the war in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed to South Asia on a mission aimed at refining the goals of the then nearly 9-year-old conflict.
Two Years Ago — July 17, 2009
Two years ago today, on July 17, 2009, I reported that three Minnesota National Guardsmen had been killed in an attack on a U.S. base in Basra, Iraq.
Three Years Ago — July 17, 2008
Three years ago today, on July 17, 2008 – the third day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District – I was interviewed by Tim Pugmire of Minnesota Public Radio, who reported that political analyst Steve Frank of St. Cloud State University described Immelman as “a serious candidate.”
Immelman says Bachmann showed a weakness on national security issues last year when she claimed knowledge of a secret plan to partition Iraq. …
“I did not oppose initially the invasion of Iraq because I had no reason not to trust the president and the secretary of state, Colin Powell, at the time,” he said. “And it’s only in 2004 that the truth began to come out about the cherry-picked intelligence and so on that I turned against the U.S. involvement in Iraq.” …
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