May 12, 2009
Posted: 1834 GMT
First of all, the response to our question on whether the international community should intervene to stop the bloodshed in Sri Lanka was so overwhelming that we set a cnn.com record for blog hits.
So far, over 300,000 people have clicked on the blog since yesterday and we have received over 3,000 comments on our poll. Because of the sheer volume of comments, we have had to close the comment section of yesterday's Idesk poll. We thank you whole-heartedly for your participation.
Today, we will be once again circling the globe to bring you the day's top news. We will start in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have launched an offensive on one of their strongholds near the Pakistan border.
We will be going to the Pentagon, where Barbara Starr will tell us about the crucial change in command in Afghanistan.
Also today, we will bring you the latest on that US soldier suspected of killing five people in a stress clinic at a US military base in Iraq. Turns out, like so many of his colleagues, Army Sgt John Russell was on his third tour of duty in Iraq. The tragic shooting is reigniting the debate about post-traumatic stress and mental illness in the military.
We'll also speak with Vatican analyst John Allen about Pope Benedict's past during World War II and whether the Pontiff was a (reluctant) member of the Hitler Youth.
Don't forget to vote in today's Idesk poll on the Demjanjuk deportation.
Plus the rest of the day's news as always.
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