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Boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan

Later this morning President Bush will speak at the National Defense University about the status of troops in Iraq, and possibly Afghanistan. The speech comes on the heels of a review of Iraq plans by General David Petraeus, who has been the theater commander in Iraq since January 2007.

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Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the Pamir Mountains. Tom Godell reports on American efforts to document the fast-vanishing Shughni language. Shughni is spoken in the regions of Tajikistan and Afghanistan crossed by the Pamir Mountains.

Fighting between Russia and Georgia

The World's Matthew Bell reports on today's fighting between Georgian and Russian military forces in the region of South Ossetia, where U.S. officials are calling for restraint.

Global Politics

The Pentagon turns a blind eye to Afghanistan's poppy fields

In the New York Times, Thomas Schweich, a State Department narcotics official, charges that the Afghan government is deeply involved in protecting the opium trade and funneling profits to the Taliban and its sympathizers. Guest: Thomas Schweich, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


Bosnia war victim identified

Reporter Matt Sepic reports that a DNA sample from a Bosnian refugee in Missouri helped authorities identify the body of the man's father; he was killed during the war in Bosnia and was buried in a mass grave.