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Pakistan has blocked vital supply routes for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and demanded Washington vacate Shamsi Air Base, used by American drones that target al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal region, after coalition aircraft allegedly killed up to 28 Pakistani troops at two military outposts along a mountainous frontier that serves as a safe haven for militants.


Aug 4th, 2011

Summary: The United States has a plan to try to “snatch” Pakistan’s 100-plus nuclear weapons by force if and when the president believes they are a threat to either the U.S. or vital U.S. interests. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 4, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that public support for President Obama’s Afghanistan war policy had plummeted amid a rising U.S. death toll, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, which also showed Obama’s handling of the war in Iraq at record-low approval.


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.


Oct 8th, 2010

Summary: Continuing a surge in CIA-run, drone-fired attacks, the U.S. conducted two missile strikes in the northwestern Pakistan tribal region along the Afghan border today, killing nine suspected militants. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 8, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that there were indications Afghanistan could become the theater for a proxy war between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.


Oct 4th, 2010

Summary: Pakistan’s shutting of a key supply line for coalition troops in Afghanistan and the apparent ease with which militants are attacking the stranded convoys are shaking an already uncomfortable relationship between Washington and Islamabad. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 4, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that hundreds of insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades nearly overran a U.S. outpost near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, killing eight U.S. soldiers and capturing more than 20 Afghan security forces in the deadliest assault against U.S. troops in more than a year.


Oct 3rd, 2010

Summary: Militants attacked and set fire to at least 20 tankers carrying oil for NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the third such strike inside Pakistan in as many days. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 3, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that President Barack Obama had met with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, as he pondered whether the U.S. should send tens of thousands more troops to crush the Taliban in a broad counterinsurgency strategy, or shift to a narrower antiterrorism focus on al-Qaida in neighboring Pakistan.


Sep 30th, 2010

Summary: Pakistan has blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in apparent retaliation for an alleged cross-border helicopter strike by the coalition that killed three Pakistani frontier troops. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 30, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Princeton, Minn., police and fire departments and bomb squads from Minneapolis and Crow Wing County were responding to reports of suspicious packages at the Princeton post office, high school, and public utilities building. It was later established that the packages contained “inert powders” and no hazardous materials — an apparent hoax. Police ultimately took two local teenagers into custody a couple of days after the incident.


Sep 26th, 2008

Summary: On the 17th 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 on a skirmish between U.S. and Pakistani ground forces across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and a speech at the United Nations by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, in which he told world leaders (in an apparent reference to U.S. cross-border raids) that his country cannot allow its territory to “be violated by our friends.” Immelman also posted an update on U.S. casualties and security incidents in Iraq.