Orwell's 30th

We have always been at War with Oceania….All 30 of them.
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009
 
The radical Muslim imam linked to the rampage at Fort Hood reportedly is believed to have been killed in a Yemen airstrike that may have also taken out the region’s top Al Qaeda leader and 30 other militants.
 
 
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Last August my piece Around the Hindu Kush, 30 is a Magic Number quoted 16 media items about different incidents in Afghanistan between February 2006 and August 2008. Each of those incidents involved "30 militants", "30 insurgents" or "30 enemies".
 
Since then the number 30 has not lost its magic. Here is an update with 18 incidents since August last year all of which involve the magic number:
 
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