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December 1, 2009
Posted: 1728 GMT

Today, we will cover all angles of the expected announcement that the U.S. will send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and that President Barack Obama reportedly wants the war over in three years.

We are live at the White House, with the political implications of increasing troop levels in an war that is becoming more and more unpopular in the United States.

We are also live in Afghanistan with reports from the battle zone as well as the latest on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama's pre-speech phone call.

Then, we will analyze the expected military reinforcement: where will the troops deploy, will the new plan work and what is the timeline for an eventual exit strategy? We will speak with former General David Petraeus advisor and Iraq surge supporter retired U.S. Army Colonel Peter Mansoor.

Also today, we will bring you coverage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech, which we are expecting in the 6pm CET hour. He postponed his address yesterday and this will be the first time we hear from the leader since Tehran announced that it wanted to build ten new nuclear plants.

Then, we are live on Wall Street where investors seem to have completely forgotten about Dubai's debt crisis, as much of the world has. We'll tell you what else is moving markets.

And the top news from Latin America, where ousted President Manuel Zelaya's future might be decided tomorrow. We will explain why.

Plus all the the other main developing news stories.

See you at the IDesk!

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Fred   December 1st, 2009 6:48 pm ET

Obama and his advisors are idiots. You don't tell your enemy how long you plan to engage them. They simply wait you out and return when you leave.

Asoka Samarasinghe   December 1st, 2009 8:22 pm ET

They need the additional troops to help keep the country secure (till Afghanistan's forces can manage on their own) and relieve the present force (enabling people to go on leave). If these troops are not provided, it proves that Obama is not only an incompetent President but also an insincere one. I've lost friends in Afghanistan (2 since he took over and his policies began preventing the troops from using rules of engagement that safeguarded their lives). These servicemembers need better political leadership and unfortunately they are not getting it from the present incumbent of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Khalifa Lame   December 2nd, 2009 3:50 am ET

I totally support the president's decision. It's the only reasonable thing to do at a time like this... And in fact, i think more should be done. Those taliban guys have done enough damage to both their country and islam.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 2nd, 2009 5:03 am ET

100 Billion US Tax Payer dollars per year to support 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

100 Billion US Tax Payer Dollars per year to prop up a corrupt foreign leader and flood Russia with cheap Heroin?

That 100 Billion US Tax Payer dollars should have gone to 50 States that are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and cutting many badly needed public services to their residents.

halozcel   December 2nd, 2009 9:59 am ET

Big and Crowded Muslim Countries should help NATO Task Force,namely,they ought to deploy Ground Troops and Air Forces Tactical Components.
If Islamic Countries really want to struggle with Terror/Cult of Violence,NATO Forces have to be backed up by much more Muslim Soldiers.
Otherwise,Afghanistan Version of Rambo/First Blood(Sylvester Stallone's Cult Film) may be one of the Possibilities.

halozcel   December 2nd, 2009 12:55 pm ET

A New Concept: Afghanistan Army against Terror.

Is it possible to create/set up A Strong Afghan Army ?
At least,20-25 Infantry Divisions,well trained and equipped by Armour Vehicles and Heavy Arms.Keep in mind,Afghanistan population is nearly 25 million.
Is it possible to organize such an Army and drill/train in one year ?

Afghans own Army versus Terror ? May it be Right Choice ?

A. Smith, Oregon   December 2nd, 2009 11:26 pm ET

And What Success in the 8 year old War in Afghanistan are the Republican wing-nuts talking about?

Success meaning transferring 1 Trillion Taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the Pentagon and huge multi-national Defense Contractors? YES, they've been hugely successful with the Republican lawmakers they have in their very pockets!

Success meaning flooding Russia and the Middle East with cheap Heroin? YES, under the Bush-Cheney administration Heroin production skyrocketed to 300% what it was, a all time high for that terrible plague upon humanity.

Success meaning propping up yet another corrupt foreign leader by the gun barrels of the US Military? YES, and the moment America pulls out, President Karzai is either killed or exiled to a luxury resort paid by US Taxpayers for the rest of his life.

Success meaning Bush-Cheney gutting Veteran Medical facility's of its needed PTS services, resulting in hundreds of solders committing suicide and thousands of untreated PTS Veterans?

Success meaning taking 100 Billion tax payer dollars this year from States that are literally teetering on the very brink of Bankruptcy and are cutting back on their essential services?

None of these success's have anything in common with the core of American values.

Lisa Cash   December 3rd, 2009 5:36 am ET

As far as Afghanistan goes, much of the speeches around it is reminiscent of Dubya's regime.

I don't like it that our troops are in harm's way. I don't like war.

What would happen if they started having peace talks? A 50/50 chance for peace is better than war any old day.

If I were at those talks, I'd bring peace to the table and leave with peace the victory. There are many, to date, that can do just that.

nancy   December 3rd, 2009 3:22 pm ET

mass distraction is advanced technolog of vodoo stealing of personal data, art history knowledge fashion economy corruption of important job bonuses and human trafficking, to modern slavary one of the leading nation in this business is norway pakistan somali and dubai whereby south africa being the capital city of this kind of business of advanced technolog of vodoo to mass distraction and manipulation of media especially here in norway and somalia it is big business across europe this occurs in their developmend advanced of robbery to personal data it is a threat to democracy and child reproduction is a threat to man maybe it is time for norwegians must just pack their bags out of America lets hope Tiger Woods is not a victim of advanced technology of vodoo of mass distraction. pakistan want to spread vodoo of advanced mass distraction in afghanistan and the rest of the region Vote NO to norway

Pierre   December 3rd, 2009 4:13 pm ET

As long as the allies don´t win the heart and confidence of Afghan people they would´nt win this war. This war is not only against the taliban it´s also about the wining against ignorence , pauvery and much more... Did the allies have done something effective for that?!!

Doesn´t matter how many solder will be sent in Afganistan , nothing will be changing as far as the allies don´t change the Afghan´s situations and lives conditions.

M Ariely   December 5th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

Winning battles without changing the local peoples mind set is meaningless.

As long as the Islamist ideas will be peoples core mindset either the Taliban or a similar organization, on the long run, will rule Afghanistan.
They will continue to be a treat worldwide to non Islamic cultures.
Find and help alternative Islamic doctrines in the Muslim world preaching for peaceful coexistence between Islam and the other worldwide cultures to gain Muslims harts

WITHOUT AN ISLAMIC ALTERNATIVE TO THE MILITANT ISLAMIST DOCTRINE – UP AND DOWNS OF THE STRUGGLE WILL CONTINUE FOR GENARATIONS TO COME.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 8th, 2009 12:45 am ET

As long as the American Airforce is not napalming each and every Opium Poppy field across all of Afghanistan that it can find, America and the World at large is going to wonder what American Troops are Guarding, Protecting and Dieing for.

HADIZA   December 31st, 2009 11:20 am ET

M ARIELY IS RIGHT

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