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May 14th, 2010

Summary: Al-Qaida in Iraq is warning Shiites that “dark days soaked with blood” lie ahead with a new campaign of violence yet to come, with many Iraqis fearful that the current wave of bombings and shootings may revive the all-out sectarian warfare that ravaged the country in 2006 and 2007. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 14, 2009, Aubrey Immelman featured five reasons liberals love Michele Bachmann, the only politician — with the possible exception of North Korea’s Kim Jong-il — who flaunts universal, all-encompassing expertise that including such disparate specialties as theology, science, chemistry, finance, world affairs, and even sexual dysfunction.

Jul 11th, 2009

Summary: Violence spikes in Iraq after U.S. combat troops withdraw from urban areas; British military deaths in Afghanistan surpass casualties in Iraq; U.S. abandons Bush administration policy of destroying opium poppies in Afghanistan.