August 11, 2009
Posted: 1800 GMT
Topping our rundown today, the arrest of six alleged terrorists in Kuwait, whom Kuwaiti authorities say were planning to attack a U.S. military base in the country.
We are also live at the United Nations, where the Security Council is meeting in a closed door session at 3pm Eastern. Members countries want to put more pressure on Myanmar to relase pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest sentence was lengthened by another 18 months today. Will it this amount to anything or is it just idle U.N. chatter? We'll talk to our Richard Roth.
We have the latest from Taiwan, still reeling from the aftermath of typhoon Morakot. Officials have confirmed 70 people died in mudslides, but hundreds more are missing or stranded and in need of immediate rescue.
To discuss the situation in Afghanistan, I'll be talking to counter-insurgency expert and author David Kilcullen. He was one of General David Petraeus' top advisors during the so-called surge in Iraq and has written a book called "The Accidental Guerrilla" on how to best defeat an insurgent force.
Here is an excerpt from his book (p 129) on Iraq during the surge: "In essence, enemy-centric approaches that focus on the enemy, assuming that killing insurgents is the key task, rarely succeed. Population-centric approaches that center on protecting local people and gaining their support succeed more often."
Can this be applied to Afghanistan? Is Iraq even "solved" as far as the U.S. is concerned or is it simply slipping into the "Iraq phase," a new war – sans the Americans – that keeps the country down for many more years to come?
We'll of course also have the latest in financial and sports news, as always.
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