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Jan 15th, 2011

Summary: Two U.S. troops were killed by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled live ammunition into a training exercise and opened fire, raising fresh concerns about insurgent infiltration in Iraq’s security forces as the Americans prepare to leave by the end of 2011. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 15, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Obama administration would allow Haitians who were in the United States illegally prior to the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake to remain in the country for 18 months under temporary protected status (TPS). Some critics cautioned, however, that TPS has a track record of devolving into de facto “backdoor amnesty” for illegal aliens.

Nov 26th, 2008

Summary: In an exodus that began after the 1991 Gulf War, and escalated dramatically after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Iraq has lost more than half its Christian population of some 1 million. … In the third such shooting in the Mosul area in less than a year, two U.S. troops were killed when a gunman in an Iraqi army uniform opened fire while they were distributing humanitarian aid in northern Iraq.