November 12, 2009
Posted: 1739 GMT


Hello everyone,

Today, we will start the show with the Afghanistan question, and more questions surrounding America's decision on whether to send reinforcements to the war-torn country.

Complicating the equation are reports that Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, a retired General, expressed concern over a troop build-up (the same troop increase the commander of NATO forces General Stanley McChrystal asked for).

According to the Washington Post: Eikenberry "sent two classified cables to Washington in the past week expressing deep concerns about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan until President Hamid Karzai's government demonstrates that it is willing to tackle the corruption and mismanagement that has fueled the Taliban's rise."

We will talk to Jill Dougherty in Washington and Chris Lawrence in Baghdad about the new developments and how they might impact President Obama's decision on Afghanistan.

Also today, we will go live to Spain, where the trial of eleven men suspected of plotting to attack the underground system in Barcelona.

And we will take you live to East Africa, where David McKenzie is following the story of a Somali judge, who'd jailed accused pirates in the past, found shot to death in an autonomous region of Somalia.

Our resident internet and gaming expert Errol Barnett will join me in the studio to talk about Microsoft reportedly coming down hard on a million players who downloaded pirated version of its new game "Call of Duty."

Microsoft has banned as many as a million players from Xbox Live for altering their consoles in order to play pirated versions of games, according to reports in InformationWeek.

All that and the latest weather, sport and business headlines.

See you at the IDesk!


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Abukar   November 12th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

Hi Hala,

I think your news about the killing of a judge in Mogadishu was not correct. The judge was killed in Bosaso, autonomous region of Puntland.


mike b   November 12th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

There is a reason that LTG (Ret) Eikenberry is retired. You must remember that his former boss Gen(Ret) Mckirnen was run out of Afghanistan for the same thought process that now Ambassador Eikenberry is saying. His boss was fired and he left before the same happened to him why are we still listening to him

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