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April 23, 2009
Posted: 1821 GMT

Hello everyone,

A few years ago, suicide bombings in Iraq became so commonplace that they often failed to top our rundowns.

Today, after more than a year of a palpable decrease in bloodshed in Iraq, bombings like the ones we saw today once again make big news and cause us to ask a scary question: are the security gains in Iraq already dissolving, little by little, one bombing at a time?

Or, are these the last gasps for air of a wild beast defeated?

Today, a "top Al Qaeda leader" was arrested, according to Iraqi security officials. Will it have any impact on the situation on the ground? We're live in Baghdad with the latest.

Also today, fears of extremism in another part of the world. This time in Pakistan where the Taliban advance is moving the fundementalist group ever closer to Islamabad, the country's capital. We'll take you to Pakistan for a closer look at that story.

Also on tap today, President Obama's latest approval ratings are out. 63% of Americans think Barack Obama is doing a good job. How does it compare to Kennedy, Eisenhower, Clinton and others at the 100 day mark of their mandates? We'll compare the numbers with Bill Schneider.

Speaking of Obama, turns out that picture of him shirtless on the front page of a magazine isn't all that it seems. We'll tell you why critics are upset – and not because the president is wearing next to nothing.

And did you know I-Phone apps (I call them apps cause I'm hip) can be so controversial, Apple is forced to remove them? We'll tell you which one was pulled today after people complained it encouraged infanticide. Can phones make you kill? Hum..

See you on TV!

Hala

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Omar   April 23rd, 2009 6:57 pm ET

What has to be done for iraq is , that people have start talking that about the situation their and warning people who could be next weeks suicide bombers that what they are doing is wrong from an islamic point of view what does blowing up people in a mosk have to do with jihad and what does all the fighting there the internal one benifit George bush praise be upon him for that went in and saved iraq and the world from a terrible sadam hussein and what did the iraqui people do they threw a shoe at him instead of sticking to the sentiment they felt after the topling of the saddam statues and after he was killed , they have to remeber that they need to stop feeding the anti american and ally sentiment or they will be the ones to suffer .
people should start talking to each other and know the truth I just mentioned and stop these fools who are commiting suicide and going to hell killing others hurting and injuring some and destroying peoples property.

on the issue of afghanistana dn pakistan I see it as one issue , the hunt has to be for al quaeda militents who in my book urn no merit and what they are doing is not jihad and not honorable , ussama bin laden is very bad what he did in 911 as an arab and now as a muslim I have to say that he said that he was religious and talked all those lies in his speeches while in reality he was doing evil and against who the Christian people of america he deserves the electric chair . and to the ones who foloow him they have to stop and run away from what they have done because I am envoking God the Almighties curse on them , they have destroyed afghanstan it is all on them and a thing on the taliban the taliban had nothing to do with alquaeda , and what they are doing is not extrem it is what god askes of us , we need to seek their help in the fight against binladen and his alquaeda ,not make them our enemies . they are good peopl with Ideals and are very conservative and in my book that is very good i respect them but not alquaeda , because they are the opposite.al quaeda is bad taliban are good , may god bless th Believers of my God the God of the Jews Christians and Muslims.
Allah huwa Akbar

M.P.lens   April 23rd, 2009 11:22 pm ET

Hi...My appologies ,Hala...I'm Sorry,,,c u tomorow...Would u be so kind as to explain everyone, how to install and use twiter???We are getting, a lot of questions...Please...Thank you...

Bill S   April 23rd, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Hala,
Bombings in Iraq is the only way those fools operate.We can only hope they can solve these problems from within.The I-phone shaking babies that take the cake.Move over dog yoga.Hala i hope clyde is not going to those classes any time soon.
Cheers
Bill S

ossai oge   April 24th, 2009 5:41 pm ET

Hello, Hala
I think that those iraqi sucide bomber are never wit their brains why would you think that your god would advice you ta kill a fellow man that he created. In my own point of view, i think that those taliban and al-queda guy guy are really foolish and are just looking for atenttion from the world , and also to cause.\
THEY SHOULD ALL BE FLUSHED AWAY LIKE TOLIET WATER.

anoop   April 24th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Hi hala ,i think u should cover the civilians hostage crisis in sri lanka .u know what is happening there and it is high time for the world to know ,thank u ,bye

Suleman Maniya,Goteborg,Sweden   April 24th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Hello Hala
I think extremism has always been a part of the NWFP province in Pakistan.The thing which bothers me is how the government and the military have given up.I believe the situation in Pakistan would be worse than Iraq!
This will lead to balkanisation of pakistan and I think this is the best way forward for Pakistan.Pakistan should be broken up so people who want to follow a certain lifestyle are permitted to do that.We would have no place for these people in Sind.

Debbie   April 28th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Hello,
You ever wonder it the American troops would leave the middle east, what it would be like. We are feeding these terrorists groups what they want and they want to fight cause we are there and they have nothing else better to do. What other countries have military over there helping the US? All you hear on the news is about the American troops being over there and sending more. It is very sad! I don't like war. American should defend them selves from their border. Troops should come home. Why is it Americas war over in the middle east?

Payday Loans   April 30th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

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Sairah   July 1st, 2009 7:43 pm ET

Hey Suleman Maniya: What an extremist comment from you! You must be a Hindu . . . for no Pakistani would suggest breaking up the country and being inhuman to the refugees. You should rethink your sense of humanity.

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