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Sep 19th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 19, 2010

Twin Blasts Rip Through Baghdad

Iraqis gather as a bulldozer removes debris after a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s Kazimiyah neighborhood, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. (Photo credit: Karim Kadim / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that two car bombs tore through Baghdad, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens more as tensions simmered six months after an inconclusive election and three weeks after U.S. troops ended major combat in Iraq.


Two Years Ago — September 19, 2009

9 Coalition Troops Killed in Afghanistan

The FBI arrested Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghan-born Pakistani immigrant in Denver on charges of making false statements to federal agents in a terrorism investigation.

Two years ago today, on September 19, 2009, I reported that nine international (ISAF) troops were killed in Afghanistan in a single day. Meanwhile, an Afghan-born immigrant from Pakistan under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Denver reportedly admitted a link with al-Qaida.


Three Years Ago — September 19, 2008

North Korea Preparing to Restart Nuclear Reactor

A satellite image of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex shows the reactor’s cooling tower (circled), which was demolished in front of international observers on June 27, 2008. (Photo credit: Reuters via The Guardian)

Three years ago today, on September 19, 2008, I reported that a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash killed seven U.S. soldiers in Iraq; posted a daily summary of security incidents in Iraq; and reported that North Korea was preparing to restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor.

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