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Nov 5th, 2011


One Year Ago — November 5, 2010

Iraq-Afghanistan Casualties

An Army carry team marches toward a transfer case containing the remains of Spc. James “Chad” Young of Rochester, Ill., on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Spc. Young died Nov. 3, 2010 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 863rd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 412th Theater Engineer Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Darien, Illinois. (Photo credit: The Associated Press)

One year ago today, I provided my weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


Two Years Ago — November 5, 2009

Heartbreak at Ft. Hood

Two years ago today, on November 5, 2009, I reported that Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, due for deployment to Iraq, went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 and wounding 30.


Three Years Ago — November 5, 2008

Karzai: Stop Air-Raiding Civilians

Image: Afghan men examine a destroyed house
Afghan men examine a house allegedly destroyed by U.S. airstrikes in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Nov. 5, 2008. (Photo credit: Humayoun Shiab / EPA)

Three years ago today, on November 5, 2008 – the day after the 2008 election — I reported that Afghan president Hamid Karzai congratulated Barack Obama on his election as president of the United States and called on him to halt civilian casualties after U.S. warplanes bombed a wedding party, killing 37, mostly children, saying airstrikes cannot win the fight against terrorism.

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