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October 7, 2009
Posted: 1636 GMT

Today is the eighth anniversary of the start of the U.S and Nato war in Afghanistan.

In 2001, former U.S. President George W. Bush said American would "make no distinction between the terrorists who committed the attacks and those who harbor them."

Eight years late, the situation in Afghanistan hasn't gotten easier. The Taliban are making a comeback in key regions and Al Qaeda has relocated to lawless provinces in Pakistan.

If the goal was to neutralize Al Qaeda, the strategy has failed. If it was to stabilize Afghanistan, that has not happened.

We will speak with retired U.S. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt about what he thinks should be done in Afghanistan as the debate in America rages on over whether to send additional troops to the warzone.

Also today, breaking news from Italy: a constitutional court has annulled a law granting Silvio Berlusconi immunity from prosecution while in office. We will take you live to Rome, where Paula Newton is standing by.

And, in another eye-popping Saudi court verdict, a Saudi man has been sentenced to five years in prison and a thousand lashes for bragging about his sex life on a Lebanese television network. We'll talk to Mohammed Jamjoom about the case.

We will go to Central America to discuss the latest on a crisis meeting in Tegucigalpa to try to resolve the political standoff between the country's deposed president and the interim Honduran government. Jose DeCordoba of the Wall Street Journal will join us live.

Plus live reports from Wall Street, Istanbul and Berlin and much more.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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Keira   October 7th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

As you said, it IS obnoxious to talk/brag about one's sex life on TV. It's even annoying & just plain ridiculous but jail time for it?? Nah, it's completely unnecessary. If we jailed the population for being obnoxious, there would be a LOT of people in prison.

Time to emerge from the dark ages!

Abdullah   October 7th, 2009 6:01 pm ET

I think sending more troops to Afghanistan is a good idea if the following aspects are taken into consideration:
1. More focus should be given in building good governance ( not like a curropted contemporary one headed by Karzai)
2. Chasing Al-Qaeda to the other side of the border ( in the terroritory of Pakistan) should be included in the new strategy. Without considering to look at the sources of terrorism, the increased number of troops alone is not efficient and we cannot win the support of the Afghan population.
3. More resources must be allocated to provide economic development which will allow the Afghan population to evolve in sustainable economic activities.

Abdullah M   October 7th, 2009 7:01 pm ET

First of all, to give your opinion about the Saudi guy situation, you have to understand the saudi customs and traditions. Saudi traditions and costoms are really clear for any one who lived in Saudi Arabia for at least six months. Men and women here in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to make an illegal relationships and what comes after that such as sex, having a meal together, etc. I know that it is hard for those who haven't been to KSA to understand this but it is our custom and we are so happy and pleased with them. There is nothing called girlfriend or boyfriend in Saudi Arabia but there is MARRAGE. As a result , Thank God, there is a few cases for women get rapped compared to the number in America as an example, see this web:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/285448/rape_in_america_the_recent_statistics.html

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