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During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, American women in the military have quietly been proving themselves as never before. These are the first wars in which women in the American military have lived and fought alongside men for long periods of time – and some say they could not fight these wars without them. Recently, it was announced that the nation’s top drill sergeant is now a woman.
Even in the field many women have taken on roles that were often seen as taboo in the past, as the necessity of manpower means they are called upon for duties previously set aside for male colleagues. But has their pioneering work come at a price? Do they receive the same support as their male counterparts? We'll talk to women in the military about how they are breaking barriers tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
Tomorrow evening, President Obama will deliver an address at West Point Military Academy to announce his plans to send thousands of additional U.S. military troops to Afghanistan. More than 900 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan, and October was the deadliest month since the start of the war in 2001, with 74 U.S. soldiers killed. According to numerous reports, the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq have cost $768.8 billion dollars. Will Obama face resistance from lawmakers on Capitol Hill?
In addition to troop deployments, President Obama is expected to talk about how Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has agreed to help and what kind of assurances the U.S. has received from his government to crack down on corruption. What role will Pakistan play in this new strategy to combat insurgents? Isn’t cooperation from Pakistan crucial to defeating the Taliban and al Qaeda? We’ll dig deeper tonight and don’t miss CNN’s live coverage of the President’s announcement tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET.
Authorities said they surrounded a house in east Seattle this morning where the suspect in the fatal shooting of four Washington state police officers is holed up. They had been looking for 37-year-old Maurice Clemmons in connection with an "ambush" Sunday morning at a coffee shop near Tacoma in Pierce County. Four officers - three males, one female - died in the attack. Clemmons had a 95-year prison sentence commuted by then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. If Clemmons was, in fact, the shooter, what was his motive and why did he gave a gun? And why was he commuted?
On Sunday, Iran’s state media announced that the country’s Cabinet has authorized the construction of another 10 uranium enrichment plants, further defying international calls to halt its production of nuclear fuel. How will the U.S. and other countries respond to this new announcement?
And we learned this morning that Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is engaged, according to a spokesman for the former president. Chelsea Clinton will marry longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky.
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