September 4, 2009
Posted: 1806 GMT

A NATO airstrike on a couple of fuel tankers in Afghanistan has killed up to 90 people. Some of them were Taliban who may have high jacked the vehicles, but there are reports a sizable number of civilians were killed too.

And in this type of event, with the almost inevitable tragedy of civilian casualties, lies one of the most difficult challenges for international forces. How to neutralize an enemy without hitting innocent bystanders.

From the air, they are targets. From the ground, they are someone's mother, father or brother. And the last thing families of those killed will do is side with the army that has killed their loved ones.

The man in charge of military operations in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal has said new guidelines should be issued to avoid civilian deaths and authorities are promising an investigation into today's airstrike.

We'll go live to Afghanistan for the latest.

Also today, we have a live report on some anti-Hugo Chavez marches in Colombia. The tension between Venezuela and Colombia is reaching boiling point. Will it lead to a full-blown crisis?

Plus, we'll talk live with U.N. Correspondent Richard Roth about North Korea's claim that it is in the final stages of enriching uranium, which would give it another avenue to developing a nuclear weapon. How will the U.N and countries most concerned with the North's nuclear program react?

Guillermo will bring us the latest on the California forest fires. Much of the biggest fire is contained, but several thousand homes are still very much threatened by the flames.

Also, I won't hide my utter fascination with the future Japanese first lady, Miyuki Hatoyama. In a book published a few years ago, she writes that she knew Tom Cruise in another life, claims to have traveled to Venus (a very green planet) and says she eats parts of the Sun daily (the giant ball of fire, not the British tabloid newspaper).

How can you not love her?

Happy Friday!


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Bero   September 5th, 2009 1:26 am ET

The awful thing is, that if it were ninety Nato soldiers, there would be an international outcry.

vic benedicto   September 5th, 2009 5:33 am ET

So the media is hyping up the Venezuela-Columbia war. Won't be the 1st time psy-war operatives used media. There were many slogans to justify war. like "Remember the Alamo", "Remember Mained" "9/11" and so many others.

Now we know why the US stationed military personnel in Columbia.Their invasion of Venezuela must be just months away.

Muthyavan   September 5th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

This is a tactical plot hatched by Taliban's to bring discredit and hatred toward NATO forces among Afghan populations. It was a terrible mistake to attack a civilian targets near fuel tanks as civilians usually will have the tendency to flock to collect fuel when there is scarcity.

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