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Oct 15th, 2010

Summary: Unmanned U.S. aircraft launched two missile strikes in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border, killing nine people. The U.S. carried out 21 such strikes in September, nearly double the previous monthly record, and has already launched 16 in October. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 15, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the wave of anti-government violence in Pakistan had escalated to the level of low-intensity guerrilla war.

Jan 17th, 2010

Summary: Despite Pakistani protest, the Obama administration is ramping up its missile campaign against insurgent targets in North Waziristan along Pakistan’s northwest frontier with Afghanistan, where al-Qaida’s top leadership, possibly including Osama bin Laden himself, have taken refuge. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 17, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that by actually putting into practice the Neo-Conservative theories of pre-emptive war and unilateralism, George W. Bush demonstrated their failure more persuasively than could the most articulate critic.