October 18, 2009
Posted: 1525 GMT

Hey there, everyone...

Hala is on holiday all week. Isha is filling-in most of the week. When she's not in, we'll have a guest appearance from BackStory's Michael Holmes.

No matter who's at the helm of the I-Desk, we'll continue bringing you the latest stories with live reports from around the world. And, from what we can tell from this weekend, Pakistan and Iran will most likely be among our biggest stories this week - with a suicide attack in southern Iran, and the military offensive in Pakistan.

Starting with Iran, dozens of people were killed. Some leaders in the government are blaming the United States, for having some kind of hand in the attack. What do you think?

And, in Pakistan, the military offensive is in full swing in South Waziristan. Is that going to be enough, to stop the Taliban?

Let us know your thoughts... We'll share some of them throughout the week. See you then, at the I-Desk!

J the P.

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Peter   October 18th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

Thank you for the information. May I ask a question? How many days off (vacation )do you have at CNN? We in Europe have 5 weeks. It seems to me you have more vacation at CNN than we have in europe?! Hala is often on vacation!!! Nothing wrong with that and of course she deserve it but we misse her!
see you on TV

Sayan Majumdar   October 19th, 2009 3:34 am ET

Iranian leaders will rectify their statement at some point of time. They are not that dumb.


M Ariely   October 19th, 2009 11:20 am ET

Something is going wrong with the blamimg statements.
Where is Israel?

!!!! Blame Israel !!!

Egypt blamed Israel for the 9/11 TERROR ATACK
Israel was blamed as creating the huge Tzunami in the Pasific.
Israel was balmed for Globalization.
Why note this time?

Jacque   October 19th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

They wouldn´t blame Israel because the subjet is not big enough to blame Israel! Be cool !!!!

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