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Summary: Log of “green-on-blue” insider attacks on U.S. service members in Afghanistan.



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.


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.



Summary: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, thanking him for opposing a Florida pastor’s threat to burn the Quran and calling for cooperation against secularism. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 9, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Afghan Taliban mocked the award of a Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama, saying he should get a Nobel Prize for violence instead.


Sep 11th, 2010

Summary: On a day of mourning for nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack of 9/11, President Barack Obama called for national unity as the ‘ground zero mosque’ and Quran-burning controversies threatened to overshadow memorial events. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 11, 2009, Aubrey Immelman commemorated the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, noting that with the timetable set for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and the fighting in Afghanistan nearing its ninth year, war coverage had waned, often pushed off the front page by the economic recession, health care reform, and celebrity deaths.