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Oct 3rd, 2011


One Year Ago — October 3, 2010

U.S. Supply Convoy for Afghanistan War Torched Again

Image: NATO oil trucks in Pakistan
Officials gather evidence near burned-out oil tanker trucks destroyed in Shikarpur, Pakistan, on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. (Photo credit: Aaron Favila / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that militants attacked and set fire to at least 20 tankers carrying oil for NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan — the third such strike inside Pakistan in as many days.


Two Years Ago — October 3, 2009

Afghanistan War Strategy Review

Image: Obama and McChrystal meet aboard Air Force One
President Barack Obama meets with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, aboard Air Force One on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. (Photo credit: Pete Souza / The White House)

Two years ago today, on October 3, 2009, I reported that President Barack Obama met with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, as he pondered whether the U.S. should send tens of thousands more troops to crush the Taliban in a broad counterinsurgency strategy, or shift to a narrower antiterrorism focus on al-Qaida in neighboring Pakistan.


Three Years Ago — October 3, 2008

Islamabad Declared Unsafe

Image: Pakistan violence
Soldiers from Pakistan’s paramilitary force stop vehicles at a checkpoint in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (Photo credit: Fareed Khan / AP)

Three years ago today, on October 3, 2008, I reported that the U.N. had declared the Pakistani capital of Islamabad unsafe for the children of its international staff, putting the once tranquil city on par with the capitals of Afghanistan and Somalia.

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