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Archive for August, 2013

Summary: Annoted excerpt from CQ Roll Call’s “10 Most Quotable Members of Congress” ranking by Matt Fuller, in which the author asserts that since announcing she won’t seek re-election, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has become less quotable.

Summary: In an intercepted electronic communication, al-Qaida’s two top leaders — Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of al-Qaida Central, and Nasir al-Wahishi, leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — agreed they wanted to do “something big” on the Muslim holiday Laylat al-Qadr, the 27th night of Ramadan, which in 2013 fell on the weekend of August 3-4.

Summary: July 2013 monthly report of U.S. military deaths in the Afghanistan war, compiled from U.S. Department of Defense news releases and