[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/10/art.afghan.malik.jpg caption="Malik, a 4-year-old boy in Afghanistan suffered a severe head injury earlier this week but is recovering well."]
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We’re reporting live from Afghanistan, where Anderson has spent the past few days at a Marine base camp in Helmand province, on the front lines of the fight against the Taliban. Yesterday, he went out on an IED patrol with U.S. Marines and just after they returned back to the camp, an IED went off. Anderson reports. Today, Anderson was embedded with the Afghan national army and Marines. More on the dangers and risks these forces face every day.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is following the story of Little Malik, a 4-year-old in who suffered severe head injuries after he fell from a cliff running from fighting in his villages. His life was saved by U.S. military surgeons and now that he’s improved U.S. special forces are returning him to his village. Dr. Gupta has been tracking Malik’s story for the past few days and will accompany the team when the 4-year-old boy returns home.
All week Michael Ware has been reporting on the strength and resiliency of the Taliban. So can Afghan warlords become part of the solution? The U.S. and its allies admit this war in Afghanistan is unwinnable by bombs and bullets alone, so is it time to explore other options with tribal leaders? President Karzai’s brother calls for the creation of tribal militias – similar to some of the strategies used in Iraq. Could this ever work? Ware speaks to one of the most fearsome who, for now, is sitting on the sidelines. Is it possible to negotiate with the Taliban? Michael Ware will dig deeper into whether or not a peaceful future for Afghanistan could be found within its tribes.
Earlier today, Afghan journalists condemned the actions of a NATO commando unit that left the body of a local reporter behind during a deadly operation aimed at rescuing New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell. Taliban militants kidnapped Farrell and Sultan Munadi last week. Do Afghans believe that western forces care more about Western lives than Afghan ones?
And what’s your reaction to President Obama’s health care speech last night? According to our CNN/Opinion Research polls, two out of three Americans who watched the President’s speech favor his health care plans – that’s a 14-point gain among speech-watchers. So now that he’s given his address, what comes next? The President is planning to invite centrist Senate Democrats to the White House today to get “fence-sitters into a room” and start making progress. We’ll have more on the fallout from Obama’s plan tonight.
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "you lie" during the President's address, but issued an apology and called Rahm Emanuel at the White House to apologize. How do you think that conversation played out? Today some people are calling him a heckler, but others support him. Do you think his outburst was fair?
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