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Mar 28th, 2011

Summary: In a nationally televised address from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama said the U.S. military action in Libya “stopped [Moammar] Gadhafi’s deadly advance,” fulfilling what he said was a U.S. responsibility not to “turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 28, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured reporting of a “Welcome Home” event for the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls and other Central Minnesota military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, organized by the St. Cloud Times and St. Cloud-area civic organizations and businesses.


Mar 22nd, 2011

Summary: Did President Barack Obama violate the U.S. Constitution or federal law when he ordered the U.S. military to participate in enforcing a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing “all necessary measures,” including strikes by air and sea, to protect civilians from attacks by Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces? … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 22, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Republican delegates at Minnesota’s Sixth District GOP convention in St. Cloud on Saturday, March 20, 2010 voted unanimously to return politically paranoid conspiracy nut Michele Bachmann to Congress for a third term.


Mar 19th, 2011

Summary: French warplanes fired the first shots in the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war, destroying government tanks and armored vehicles in the region of the rebels’ eastern stronghold, Benghazi. Hours later, British and U.S. warships and submarines launched more than 110 Tomahawk missiles against Gadhafi’s air defenses around the capital Tripoli and the western city of Misrata. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 19, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that seven years after the first bombs in the war to oust Saddam Hussein, Iraqis went about their business with little observance of the anniversary, looking to the future with a mixture of trepidation and hope.


Mar 18th, 2011

Summary: NATO allies meeting in Brussels are drawing up plans to enforce a United Nations resolution authorizing military action to prevent the killing of Libyan civilians as Western leaders deliver an ultimatum to Moammar Gadhafi. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 18, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that a missile strike in Pakistan killed Hussein al-Yemeni, an al-Qaida leader believed to have been a key player in the suicide attack that killed seven CIA operatives at the CIA’s forward operating base Camp Chapman in Khost province, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border on December 30, 2009.


Mar 17th, 2011

Summary: The U.N. Security Council has authorized “all necessary measures” including strikes by air and sea to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 17, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Iraq remained devastated by bombings, assassinations, and corruption.