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President Barack Obama wrote a letter of apology to Afghan president Hamid Karzai for the burning of copies of the Quran at NATO’s Bagram military base. Two U.S. soldiers were also shot dead at a protest about the desecration of the Muslim holy books.

Summary: Hundreds of Afghans marched through Kabul on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan to condemn the United States as occupiers and demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 8, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the United States, continuing a surge in CIA-run, drone-fired attacks, conducted two missile strikes in the northwestern Pakistan tribal region along the Afghan border, killing nine suspected militants.

Apr 3rd, 2011

Summary: At least 10 people have been killed and 83 injured in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, on a second day of violent protests over the actions of extremist Christian fundamentalist preacher Terry Jones, who supervised the burning of a Quran in front of about 50 people at a church in Florida on March 20. The new violence came one day after protesters overran a U.N. mission in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing seven foreign staff in the deadliest attack on the U.N. in Afghanistan. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 3, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the FBI was warning police across the country that the call of an anti-government group — a “sovereign citizen” group called Guardians of the Free Republics — to remove governors from office could provoke violence.

Sep 13th, 2010

Summary: Two protesters died and four were injured as Afghans protested for a third day against a plan by Florida pastor Terry Jones to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, the Quran. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 13, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann held a town hall meeting in St. Cloud to talk about President Obama’s health care reform proposals, after which she headlined an anti-Obama tea party.