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December 2nd, 2009
11:50 AM ET

Saving your child from H1N1

The spread of H1N1 may be slowing, but parents still need to be vigilant. Children with the virus can go downhill very quickly.

Our Elizabeth Cohen reports on some of the warning signs your child may be seriously ill.

Filed under: Health
December 2nd, 2009
10:20 AM ET

Ft. Bragg families react to Afghanistan decision

The nation is refocusing on the war in Afghanistan, but at Fort Bragg it's been issue number one since the first parachute deployed.

The famed 82nd Airborne were among the first on the ground at Normandy in WWII, during President Bush's surge in Iraq, and in President Obama's first Afghan surge early this year. Now, more soldiers at Fort Bragg could get their orders in the next few days.

Our David Mattingly reports on the reaction to President Obama's speech at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
December 2nd, 2009
09:35 AM ET

McCain supports Obama's plan, for the most part

Top Republicans are weighing in on President Obama's prime time address last night.

Senator John McCain attended a White House briefing yesterday on the new Afghanistan strategy, and today he says he supports the president's decision – mostly. Sen. McCain spoke to John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday with his reaction to the speech.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's opponent in last year's election says he supports the president's buildup of troops in Afghanistan, but Senator John McCain believes laying out an exit strategy is a mistake.

"If you say there's a date certain for withdrawal, your friends and enemies who will be in the region make accommodations accordingly," McCain said.

During Tuesday night's prime time address laying out his Afghanistan troop buildup, President Obama said that a troop withdrawal could begin as early as July 2011.

McCain said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's American Morning that Obama "gave an excellent speech and I think the policy, although it's very extended period of deliberation which is now behind us, is a good one, and I'm confident the president will do exactly as he says."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Politics
December 2nd, 2009
08:30 AM ET

Republicans in focus group praise Obama's Afghan speech

As one might expect, some Americans who listened to President Obama's Afghanistan speech last night liked it while others didn't. As the president outlined his new war plan at West Point, our Jim Acosta was getting a real-time reaction from a focus group in Virginia that put the speech to a "dial test."

Filed under: Afghanistan • Politics
December 2nd, 2009
07:53 AM ET

Gen. Petraeus on troop surge in Afghanistan

There's mixed reaction on Capitol Hill about President Obama's decision to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. But what do top military commanders think? Can the surge in troops really turn the tide of the war?

General David Petraeus, commander of U.S Central Command, was the architect of the surge strategy in Iraq. He spoke to John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
December 2nd, 2009
05:55 AM ET

Obama outlines Afghan troop buildup, withdrawal plan

West Point, New York (CNN) - President Obama said Tuesday that although the Afghanistan war is not lost, "it has moved backwards" for several years.

Obama outlined his strategy for the war in Afghanistan to an audience at the U.S. Military Academy, one that he says will bring the war "to a successful conclusion."

"There is no imminent threat of the government being overthrown, but the Taliban has gained momentum," Obama said. "Al Qaeda has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same numbers as before 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border.

"And our forces lack the full support they need to effectively train and partner with Afghan Security Forces and better secure the population. ... In short, the status quo is not sustainable."

Obama announced he is deploying 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan "at the fastest pace possible" with a goal of starting to withdraw forces from the country in July 2011. Read more

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Military