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July 16, 2009
Posted: 1829 GMT

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With the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan today, Thursday, July 16th 2009, July is now officially the deadliest month for international forces in Afghanistan so far. And we're only halfway through the month.

Operations aimed at neutralizing the Taliban in the South or taking a heavy toll on foreign troops. In the searing heat and unforgiving terrain of a part of Afganistan no foreign army has ever captured and held, NATO and international soldiers carry the weight of the most challenging of missions on their shoulders.

We'll go live to the Pentagon for the latest on what commanders are saying about their strategy in Afghanistan.

Also at the Idesk today, we'll go live to Tehran for the latest on the resignation of the country's nuclear program head and for news of opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi's decision to attend Friday prayers tomorrow in the capital. What will his supporters do? How will authorities react? We'll cover all angles.

We'll go to London for an update on the number of swine flu cases in the UK and how this may impact forecasts for the upcoming flu season.

Plus, we'll be live at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where John Zarella will show us newly restored footage of the 1969 moon landing. Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. John spoke to some of the astronauts who took that "giant leap" for all of humankind. He'll tell us what they are saying four decade after their historic achievement.

And look for the latest Wall Street results, all your sports and weather and much more.

See you on TV!

Hala

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Hishambnlz   July 16th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Hi Hala,hi everybody,
well,"you can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus",so above all,i think that each one of us must stand up for change,the time of the bad things is not yet gone,to live peacefully,the change must start from the inside,the inside of the nations,and not the goverments.
Thanks a lot.

abdul Aziz Mohamed   July 16th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

I believe CNN is distorting the true picture of the death toll of soldiers in Afghanistan. The absolute number of UK and Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan pale in comparison to the number of Afghanistan civilians killed due to the war (labeled as collateral damage). Related to this issue, I really would like to know from the Mr. Gordon Brown how will killing Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan make the UK a more safe place to live in.

MARK FRALEY   July 16th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

WE PRAY FOR OUR US TROOPS AND OUR UN FORCES TRYING TO BRING PEACE TO THAT PART OF THE WORLD.WE TRULY FEEL THE SORROW FOR THE LOSS OF LIFE AND THE EXTREME CONDITIONS THE REFUGEES HAVE TO ENDURE.

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