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Aug 7th, 2009

Summary: A suicide car bomb devastated a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, one of a series of attacks that killed at least 40 and wounded about 100 Iraqis. … Three British paratroopers and an American service member were killed in attacks in Afghanistan’s south and east, raising the number of international troops slain in the first week of August 2009 to 19. … Pakistan’s Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud has reportedly been killed in a CIA missile strike, but the claim is disputed by senior Taliban commanders. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 24th day of his campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination as House of Representatives candidate in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman announced the August 9 kick-off of his walking tour from Freeport in the northwestern corner of the Sixth District to Stillwater in the southeast on the Wisconsin border. … As a public service announcement to help draw attention to the sacrifice of National Guard citizen soldiers serving in Iraq and the families they leave behind, Immelman featured Part 5 of the Associated Press series, “The Longest Deployment” (the story of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota National Guard and its tour of duty in Iraq).