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Dec 17th, 2009

Summary: The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows President Barack Obama’s marks for handling the 8-year-old Afghanistan war have jumped by double digits — 52 percent now approve — since he capped a three-month strategy review by announcing a big troop increase. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 17, 2008, Aubrey Immelman reported that the speaker of Iraq’s parliament, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, announced his resignation after a parliamentary session descended into chaos as lawmakers argued about whether to free a journalist who had thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush; that Vice President Dick Cheney, in an interview with ABC News, attempted to justify the decision to invade Iraq; that a double-bombing targeting traffic police in Baghdad killed at least 18 people and wounded 52; and that Iraq’s Minister of Science and Technology escaped injury in a car bomb explosion that appeared to be an assassination attempt.