The Canadian contribution to Afghanistan has generally received little attention, even though there are 2,500 Canadian troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the dangerous southern areas. The latest casualties are likely to increase the debate in Canada over their commitment to the war. In a Worldfocus Signature story, Martin Himel takes a look at Canada's war role.
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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.
With his long-awaited announcement on Afghanistan finally out of the way, President Obama now faces the next hurdle -- convincing Democrats in Congress and skeptical allies abroad about the wisdom of his plan. Many troops are hopeful that the plan will help wind down the war. David Brancaccio speaks with Masood Aziz about the the Obama plan.
U.S. President Barack Obama held a three-hour meeting on Afghanistan with key members of his national security team, some of whom are divided on whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan. Alex Their of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the administration's options.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is warning of the possibility of failure without additional American troops. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses U.S. options in Afghanistan.
Italy lost six of its troops in Afghanistan to a suicide car bombing on Thursday. Alessandra Baldini, the New York bureau chief of the Italian news agency ANSA, discusses how Italians view the war in Afghanistan and the Obama administration.
Garrick Utley of the State University of New York and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost discuss the major foreign policy challenges facing U.S. President Barack Obama: Iran's nuclear ambitions and troop numbers in Afghanistan.
Thousands of U.S. marines along with hundreds of Afghan troops launched a major offensive against the Taliban in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the strategic importance of the mission.
A bombing in the Iraqi town of Bathaa on Wednesday was the latest in a series of attacks in recent weeks -- a wave of violence seen by many as an attempt to destabilize Iraq in advance of a drawback of American troops at the end of this month. John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security discusses the security situation.
Russian President Vladimir Medvedev has begun a massive reform of the country's military, with plans to cut Russia's officer corps from 355,000 to 150,000. While some say reforms will strengthen the military, critics say they will hasten its decline.