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Feb 4th, 2010

Summary: Three U.S. special operations soldiers have been killed in a roadside bombing in northwest Pakistan, drawing unwanted attention to a U.S. program for intelligence gathering and training Pakistani Frontier Corps paramilitary forces to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida — a little-publicized mission because of local opposition to American boots on the ground in Pakistani. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 4, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that a classified Pentagon report urged President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces.

Jul 13th, 2009

Summary: Congressional Democrats are demanding an investigation over disclosures that a secret CIA program to capture or kill al-Qaida leaders was concealed from Congress for eight years, perhaps at the behest of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Jan 10th, 2009

Summary: President-elect Barack Obama says his administration will not compromise its ideals to fight terrorism, adding at a press conference to announce his CIA and national intelligence nominees, Leon Panetta and Adm. Dennis Blair, that he has told them to honor the Geneva Conventions.