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Aug 7th, 2011

Summary: A military helicopter has been shot down in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs unit that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos and an Afghan translator. It was the deadliest single incident for American forces in the decade-long war. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 7, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Justice Department announced the indictment of 14 people — 12 of them Minnesota Somalis, many of them U.S. citizens — accused of funneling “money, personnel, and services” to the Shabab, the Islamist terrorist group fighting an insurgency in Somalia.

Aug 8th, 2010

Summary: Ten members of a Christian medical team — six Americans, two Afghans, one German, and a Briton — were gunned down in a gruesome slaughter in Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, that the Taliban said they carried out, alleging the aid workers were spying and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 8, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that the sheer weight and volume of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s assault on reason may have reached critical mass, crossing the tipping point beyond which Minnesota media could no longer tune out the insanity or avert their gaze from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in embarrassed silence.

Apr 24th, 2010

Summary: An explosion that killed an American and an Afghan soldier on a military base in Kabul on April 19, 2010 was carried out by a suicide bomber, the second time in five months an insurgent has managed to infiltrate a base. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 24, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that back-to-back suicide bombings killed 60 people outside the most important Shiite shrine in Baghdad, a day after the country was rocked by its most deadly violence in more than a year. The bombings, in which nearly 80 people were killed, were the latest in a series of high-profile attacks blamed on Sunni insurgents. Meanwhile, a new review of available evidence compiled by The Associated Press indicated that more than 110,600 Iraqis had died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Aug 15th, 2009

Summary: Five days before Afghanistan’s presidential election, a suicide car bomb explodes outside the main gate of NATO’s headquarters in Kabul, killing 7 and wounding 91 in the biggest attack in the Afghan capital in six months. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 32nd 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 resumed his Sixth District walking tour, setting out on foot from Anoka and proceeding to Blaine, Lino Lakes, and Centerville.