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Nov 2nd, 2011


One Year Ago — November 2, 2010

Bloodshed in Baghdad

Image: Debris from car bomb
An Iraqi soldier stands next to wreckage from one of the car bombs that blew up Tuesday evening, Nov. 2, 2010 in Baghdad. (Photo credit: Karim Kadim / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that 16 bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital of Baghdad, many at restaurants and coffee shops full of civilians. The death toll climbed to 76 in the first hours following the blasts, with nearly 300 wounded.


Two Years Ago — November 2, 2009

Iraq Violence: October Statistics

Image: Civilians inspect a damaged car
Civilians inspect a damaged car after a car bomb went of in the western city of Ramadi,70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (Photo credit: Stringer / AP)

Two years ago today, on November 2, 2009, I reported that of the 364 Iraqis killed in October 2009, 155 died in two nearly simultaneous bombs targeting government buildings on Oct. 25, 2009 in downtown Baghdad — the worst attack in more than two years. Meanwhile, there were more Taliban bombings in retaliation as Pakistan continued its offensive in South Waziristan, a tribal region adjoining Afghanistan, where al-Qaida terrorists are believed to have hideouts.


Three Years Ago — November 2, 2008

Personality Profiles of Barack Obama and John McCain

Three years ago today, on November 2, 2008, I published two articles in the St. Cloud Times in which I provided an analysis of my primary concerns regarding the personality-based limitations of prospective Obama and McCain presidencies.

McCain’s maverick nature is double-edged sword

Obama’s conciliatory tendency could be cause for concern

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