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Oct 15th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 15, 2010

Obama Missile Strikes Continue to Escalate in Pakistan

Image: Supporters of a Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami arrive to join a rally against the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas
Supporters of a Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas, April 23, 2011 in Peshawar, Pakistan. (Photo credit: Mohammad Sajjad / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that unmanned U.S. aircraft launched two missile strikes in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border, killing nine people in a continuing escalation of drone strikes targeting  leaders of the Taliban insurgency.


Two Years Ago — October 15, 2009

Pakistan Guerrilla War Has Begun

A Pakistani bomb disposal squad member removes a suicide jacket from the body of an assailant at the Federal Investigation Agency. Five people, including three officers, were killed in this particular attack. (Photo credit: Arif Ali / AFP — Getty Images)

Two years ago today, on October 15, 2009, I reported that the wave of anti-government violence in Pakistan had escalated to the level of low-intensity guerrilla war.


Three Years Ago — October 15, 2008

Afghan Insurgency Spreading Beyond Traditional Taliban Strongholds

Three years ago today, on October 15, 2008, I reported that the insurgency in Afghanistan had spread beyond traditional Taliban strongholds, with the number of attacks in the country at a six-year high; recommended Peter Galbraith’s book Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies; and posted a link to my own statement on the Iraq war for the purpose of comparison.

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