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For much of this week, the mysterious story of five young Muslim Americans has been unfolding in Pakistan and in the U.S. The suspects, who lived in the Washington, D.C. area and allegedly wanted to fight against America in Afghanistan, were detained by Pakistani authorities. To learn more, Edie Magnus interviews Irshad Manji, author of "The Trouble with Islam Today."
As President Obama prepares to send 30,000 more Americans to war in Afghanistan, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway. Obama said, "The belief in peace is desirable rarely enough to achieve it" and called the escalating conflict in Afghanistan necessary. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports on how Afghans are reacting.
After an unusually lengthy and public deliberative process, President Obama has decided to induct a further 30,000 troops in war-torn Afghanistan. He further stated that the U.S. would start withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. But he left open the timeline for total withdrawal, writes contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan.
Rachel Reid, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss violence against women in Afghanistan and resulting self-immolation and suicide. David Chater reports for Al Jazeera English from Herat, Afghanistan, on how women are burning themselves to escape abusive and unwanted marriages.
In the wake of President Obama's speech on Afghanistan, we survey different perspectives on life in Afghanistan. A Worldfocus contributing blogger reports on corruption; an embedded Marine describes the tremendous loss of one Afghan family; and True/Slant contributor P.J. Tobia weighs in on the state of Afghan forces.
President Barack Obama has decided to send at least 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. He also announced an exit strategy to bring them home by the middle of 2011. Anthony Cordesman discusses President Obama's decision and what a shift in warfare tactics will look like. And James Bays reports for Al Jazeera English.
Obama administration officials have just announced that the president has finished gathering information about the situation in Afghanistan and will likely address the nation on Dec. 1 about the planned troop increases. For more on Pres. Obama's plan in Afghanistan, Martin Savidge speaks with Juan Carlos Zarate.
In a reminder of just how bad the problem of corruption is in Afghanistan, today's Washington Post quotes an American official as saying that the Afghan minister of mines accepted a $30 million bribe to award its largest mining project to a Chinese firm. Should the United States continue to give aid if Afghanistan doesn't clean up corruption?
Worldfocus contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes about the recent shooting at the U.S. military base in Ft. Hood, Texas. He explains why the event should not cause Americans to question the presence of Muslims in the army and also why the U.S. needs better gun control.