CNN International held a live special report on the future of Afghanistan on Thursday. There was also a live online discussion at the Connect the World blog link here so please continue to share your comments. We have two topics that we want you to voice your opinion on: 1) Was the war in Afghanistan worth it in the first place and 2) what does the future for Afghanistan hold – can the war ever be won?
Osama bin Laden: remember him? Where is he, and why hasn't anyone captured him?
Nearly nine years after the September 11 terror attacks, a new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds that a record number of Americans believe the United States is unlikely ever to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Today, 30 percent of Americans now believe it is likely the U.S. government will ever capture or kill bin Laden. Sixty-seven percent believe it is unlikely. In 2001, one in five Americans believed the government would be unlikely to catch bin Laden.
And there is still a $25 million dollar reward for his capture by the FBI. Late last year, the U.S. government admitted a "lack of intelligence" on bin Laden's whereabouts, noting he could be in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
What do you think? Why hasn't bin Laden been found? Is he still alive? Where is he hiding? Share your thoughts FULL POST
NATO is six months into an 18-month counterinsurgency plan aimed at turning the tide of the nearly 9-year war in Afghanistan.
In the coming months, the focus of both ground operations and the rebuilding mission will be on the southern province of Kandahar - the spiritual home of the Taliban. Success here is perhaps one of the last chances to keep support for the war alive among Afghans.
"Failure in Afghanistan is not an option," says Haroun Mir, an Afghan analyst and parliamentary candidate. "Certainly the United States can abandon Afghanistan. But the problem is, al Qaeda and the Taliban will not abandon their fight against the United States." FULL POST
WASHINGTON - Twelve U.S. soldiers face a variety of charges in what military authorities believe was a conspiracy to murder Afghan civilians and cover it up, along with charges they used hashish, mutilated corpses and kept grisly souvenirs.
Five soldiers face murder charges, while seven others are charged with participating in a coverup. All of the men were members of a 2nd Infantry Division brigade operating near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010. FULL POST