November 13th, 2009
03:10 PM ET

Your take: More troops in Afghanistan?

As the British government rethinks its commitment to Afghanistan and Italy buries six of its soldiers killed there, public sentiment in coalition countries and the U.S. is slipping.

iReport wants to know: What do you think? Is it time for a full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan or send in more troops?  What do you think the U.S. should do next?  Share your thoughts on video. We'll share some of them on air and online.

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November 12th, 2009
10:50 PM ET

No peace for war survivor

By Sara Sidner

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Sayedgul squats next to five of his six children. They lean on him and he responds by picking up his five month old baby girl. The traditional kohl smear around her eyes is running, she's been crying. She's fussy because she's teething. But here there is nothing to teethe on but a rock hard piece of bread. It satisfies her but the look in her father's eyes is one of desperation.

The family has just moved to a place they do not like, no one would. It's a fast-growing make-shift camp inhabited by war survivors and those looking for work in the big city of Kabul, Afghanistan. FULL POST

November 12th, 2009
10:09 PM ET

Views of Karzai

President Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of another term in office as Afghanistan's leader on November 9, after his opponent in a planned runoff election withdrew. What stance should the U.S. take in dealing with the Karzai government?

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, author and host of "Fareed Zakaria: GPS," says he knows his opinion is an unpopular one, but the U.S. should stop trashing Karzai and work at security, stability and some form of economic development in Afghanistan. Read Zakaria's Q&A: Stop trashing Karzai and help him govern

On the other hand, Patrick Doherty - co-director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation, a think tank that looks for innovative solutions across the political spectrum - thinks that before President Obama releases his strategy for Afghanistan, he should think twice about fully re-embracing Karzai. Read his opinion: Obama can’t count on Karzai

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