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Apr 18th, 2011

Summary: Suicide bombers detonated two explosives-packed cars outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least nine people and wounding 23. Separately, hours after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner telling him Iraq’s security forces can protect the country after the planned withdrawal of 46,000 U.S. troops by the end of 2011, gunmen stormed the home of a Shiite family living in a mostly Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad and killed all four family members, including two children. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 18, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Taliban were moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs, and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for a summer offensive.

Nov 7th, 2010

Summary: Tea Party-backed candidates helped and hindered Republicans in the 2010 midterm election, injecting enthusiasm into campaigns but losing Senate seats held by Democrats in Delaware, Colorado, and Nevada that the GOP once had big hopes of capturing. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on November 7, 2009, Aubrey Immelman featured the latest news and information about the disappearance of missing Maple Lake, Minn., student Joshua Guimond.