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Summary: Log of “green-on-blue” insider attacks on U.S. service members in Afghanistan.

Summary: An Afghan employee of the U.S. government opened fire inside a CIA office in Kabul, killing an American and injuring another in the second major breach of embassy security in two weeks. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 26, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Iranian forces crossed into neighboring Iraq and killed 30 fighters from a Kurdistan Workers Party-linked group it said was involved in the previous week’s bombing of a military parade in Mahabad, situated in Iran’s northwestern Kurdish region, which killed 12 women and children.

Summary: A bodyguard for Afghanistan’s second highest-ranking intelligence official shot dead two U.S. troops accompanying a reconstruction team convoy north of Kabul. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 9, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured Part 3 of “The Rise of the New Right: A Hardball Documentary with Chris Matthews,” titled “The Tea Party Movement.”

Apr 27th, 2011

Summary: Eight American troops and a U.S. contractor died after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport — the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 27, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jan 31st, 2010

Summary: U.S. Special Forces working with Afghan commandos clashed with Afghan troops manning a snow-covered outpost and called in an airstrike, killing four Afghan soldiers, U.S. and Afghan officials said. Both sides called the clash a case of mistaken identity. Separately, an Afghan interpreter killed two U.S. service members at a combat outpost and U.S. soldiers shot and killed an Afghan imam when his car approached a convoy. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 31, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Iraq imposed a nationwide security lockdown before key regional elections with blanket measures not seen since the deadliest years of the insurgency, underscoring the high stakes for Iraqi leaders desperate to portray stability after nearly six years of conflict prompted by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.