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Aug 18th, 2010

Summary: A suicide bomber detonated nail-packed explosives strapped to his body among hundreds of army recruits, killing 61 and wounding 125, casting new doubt on the military capacity of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 18, 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.

Aug 12th, 2010

Summary: Gen. Babaker Shawkat Zebari, commander of Iraq’s military, is calling for U.S. forces to stay in the country for another decade, reinforcing his stance that his country’s military won’t be able to secure the nation on their own after U.S. troops leave at the end of 2011. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 12, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that dozens of Iraqis were killed and hundreds wounded in a spate of bombings, raising fears of a sustained insurgent campaign aimed at provoking new sectarian tensions.