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Sep 5th, 2010

Summary: Iran is paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report by Miles Amoore in the London Sunday Times. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 5, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that a NATO fact-finding team estimated that about 125 people, many of them civilians, had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan guided by a lone informant.

Oct 5th, 2008

Summary: On the 26th day after losing his 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman, in line with his focus on national security, reported that the senior British commander in Afghanistan had said that a decisive military victory in Afghanistan was impossible and that the objective in Afghanistan should be to achieve a manageable level of insurgency that’s not a strategic threat. He also reported on a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan and ongoing violence in Iraq.