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Oct 4th, 2011


One Year Ago — October 4, 2010

Simmering U.S.-Pakistan Tension

Image: NATO Oil tankers attacked in Pakistan
A Pakistani truck driver sits beside a truck destroyed after a convoy of some 25 trucks carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan was attacked by suspected Islamic militants. (Photo credit: T. Mughal / EPA)

One year ago today, I reported that Pakistan’s shutting of a key supply line for coalition troops in Afghanistan and the apparent ease with which militants were attacking the stranded convoys strained an already uncomfortable relationship between Washington and Islamabad.


Two Years Ago — October 4, 2009

Deadly Day for U.S. in Afghanistan


8 U.S. troops die in Afghanistan (NBC Nightly News, Oct. 4, 2009) — The fierce encounter resulted in the heaviest U.S. loss of life in a single battle since 2008. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports. (02:55)

Two years ago today, on October 4, 2009, I reported that hundreds of insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades nearly overran a U.S. outpost near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, killing eight U.S. soldiers and capturing more than 20 Afghan security forces in the deadliest assault against U.S. troops in more than a year.


Three Years Ago — October 4, 2008

Kim Jong Il Appears in Public Amid Speculation About His Health

A cropped version of the original undated image released last week, which allegedly shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-il posing with soldiers.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (Photo credit: AFP)

Three years ago today, on October 4, 2008, I reported the killing of a senior al-Qaida in Iraq bombing mastermind, the withdrawal of Polish forces from Iraq, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s first public appearance in more than a month amid speculation about his health.

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