Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, to Lester Holt on "Nightly," said that "we may be seeing a watershed event take place" in Afghanistan, following this week's attacks on U.S. service members in Kabul.

"After a decade, and hundreds of billions of dollars and 16,000 U.S. casualties, we see how shallow the impact we have on this primitive society is," he said.

"We need to reevaluate the notion of having thousands of Americans isolated all over Afghanistan," he added. "It's about time for us to step forward and take a new look at our security strategy."

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that Republican presidential contenders' criticism of President Obama's apology to Afghans over a Quran burning incident is not helpful, reports CNN:

"I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would enflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan," Clinton said of the complaints by Republican presidential candidates and some experts about Obama's apology.

One protester is dead, and seven U.S. service members are wounded after a protest over Quran burning in Afghanistan turned deadly, reports CNN:

Protesters threw a hand grenade at the base, injuring seven U.S. military personnel believed to be Special Forces members, Hussaini said. NATO's International Security Assistance Force had no immediate comment on the number of wounded or their roles in the military.

The American Future Fund, a GOP independent expenditure group, will run ads targeting President Obama in nine battleground states totaling $4 million dollars, reports Politico:

The AFF television ads will run on cable in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. That’s real money going onto the airwaves in real states from a group that spent heavily in the 2010 midterms, but which has yet to fully ramp up for the 2012 general election.

Speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in Michigan on Saturday, Ann Romney introed her husband to the stage, as she often does. But she also added that Romney won't be attending any more debates, if they are scheduled.

"I've also decided no more debates," she said. "If we do another debate, he's going to sit in the audience and watch me."

Local residents in Abbottabad, Pakistan say the government is razing the compound where Osama bin Laden lived hidden for years and where U.S. commandos took him out, reports CBS:

Two residents say the government brought in three mechanized backhoes Saturday afternoon and began destroying the tall outer walls of the compound after sunset.

They set up floodlights to carry out the work.


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NATO has pulled out of all of Afghanistan's ministries after an attack in Kabul resulted in the death of two U.S. advisers, reports BBC:

Nato said an "individual" had turned his gun on the officers, believed to be an American colonel and major, and had not yet been identified or caught.

Nato commander Gen John Allen condemned the attack as "cowardly".

The shootings come amid five days of deadly protests over the burning of copies of the Koran by US soldiers.


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Also speaking at an Americans for Prosperity event in Michigan on Saturday morning, Mitt Romney tried to guess the age of a veteran in the gathered crowd.

"Did you serve in Korea, or did you make it all the way back to the Second World War," he asked.

Speaking at an Americans For Prosperity event in Michigan on Saturday morning, Rick Santorum delivered a fiery speech, telling gathered voters that they have "an opportunity here in Michigan to shock the country" by voting for Santorum and standing up for limited government.