September 21, 2009
Posted: 1617 GMT
The history books may one day talk about the fall of 2009 as the period when U.S. strategy in Afghanistan either succeeded or took a turn for the worse.
What that exact refined strategy is (one must "define success) or how many troops it will take to control a worsening situation is still an open question for many. But according to a leaked report, the man in charge of military operations in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, is reportedly asking for more troops.
The Washington Post has published portions of the leaked document, in which McChrystal says more troops on the ground or needed or the war will "likely result in failure."
The highly anticipated document is now said to be on President Obama's desk for review.
We will cross over live to the Pentagon for more on that story.
We will also go live to Pakistan and New York for more on the courtroom appearance of a young Afghan-born man, who is at the center of a terrorism investigation. Najubullah Zazi's will face a judge this afternoon. We cover the latest.
Plus, we will talk about another kind of the courtroom drama in France. Former French Prime Minister Dominique Villepin is in the dock, accused of smearing current French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the years leading up to the last presidential election. Jim Bittermann is live in the French capital.
Speaking of drama, we will preview some of the most highly anticipated United Nations General Assembly speeches and a ruling against Formula One team Renault.
All those stories and the day's top business, sports and weather news.
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