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Dec 18th, 2010

Summary: In a landmark for gay rights, the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to let homosexuals serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 18, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Iranian troops crossed into Iraq and seized an oil well in a disputed area along the two countries’ southern border. Iraqi security forces were in the area, but there were no reports of any fighting or shots fired and Iranian forces later withdrew from the disputed site.

Dec 1st, 2010

Summary: The bodies of six soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., killed by an Afghan border policeman in an apparent fragging in Afghanistan, have returned to U.S. soil at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 1, 2009, Aubrey Immelman featured President Barack Obama’s address to the nation to outline his strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Immelman also provided his weekly summary of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.