September 7th, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Live from the Battle Zone

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/10/afghanistan.taliban.challenge/art.soldiers.run.afp.gi.jpg caption="A U.S. soldier takes his position near a building attacked by the Taliban south of Kabul, Afghanistan, last month."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Anderson is reporting in live from Afghanistan this week where he is embedded with troops along the frontlines of the war against the Taliban. August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. President Obama has called it a “war of necessity,” but is the U.S. in danger of losing the battle?

Anderson is at a base where U.S. forces have secured an area in its fight against insurgencies, he looks into the progress the military has made, as well as the challenges it continues to face, tonight.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is also in Afghanistan where he spends time in a hospital and reports on what doctors are dealing with in war zones. He profiles patients who are in need of critical care and what hospital staff members deal with around-the-clock in this battle. Michael Ware reports from Kandahar on a road to Kabul that was built by U.S. forces. But things have gotten messy since the road was first constructed. More on who exactly controls the passage in his report tonight.

Meanwhile, Gen. Stanley McChrystal – the top commander in Afghanistan – promised Afghans that there would be an investigation into the recent NATO air strike that killed dozens, including civilians. German chancellor Angela Merkel has also called for an open investigation. And a Swedish aid agency said today that American soldiers stormed through one of its hospitals last week, searching for wounded Taliban fighters, breaking down doors and tying up hospital staffers. More on this allegation and the situation in Afghanistan tonight and all week.

President Obama is set to deliver his back-to-school speech to students around the country tomorrow. His remarks will be made publicly available online today. Some parents want to keep their kids at home to avoid the speech, while others think the backlash to his speech is just partisan politics. Gary Tuchman talks to a principal who doesn’t want to show the President’s speech during school. What do you think?

And President Obama’s “green-jobs czar” Van Jones quit after an uproar that he signed a petition in 2004 calling for an investigation into the involvement of government officials in 9/11 and also after some derogatory comments he made about members of the GOP. Does the Obama administration have a vetting problem? More on the resignation tonight.

What else are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET

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  1. Michelle Johnson

    Will we see five days of military strategy, graphic images, and dark negative coverage? The nation has been at war eight years, and civilians cannot order a cease fire, so why distress the soldiers' families and depress viewers with every tragic detail? My last comment was not posted; maybe I'm overstating my opinion. I plan to watch because I really like Anderson ans the show. I just hope he doesn't subject us to the most visibly terrible stories he can find.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  2. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Eliza ,Happy Labor day !

    I am looking forward to seeing Anderson reporting Live from Afghanistan .Thre fighting there will never stop it seems and the troops are so brave fighting for us and our saftey from these terrorists . It's so dangerous and i hope that the 360 team and Anderson are safe in thier travels .

    Thanks for the buzz

    Michelle D.

    September 7, 2009 at 11:06 am |