HARI SREENIVASAN: The government of Afghanistan officially claimed control over a key Taliban stronghold today. Officials raised the national flag over a central market in Marjah. Hundreds of residents were on hand to watch the ceremony. U.S. Marines and Afghan troops continued working to clear the last of the Taliban from the northern part of the town.
In Pakistan, intelligence officials reported a U.S. missile strike killed a Taliban commander on Wednesday. He was wanted in the bombing of a U.S. consulate in 2006 which killed an American diplomat. Pakistani officials also said nearly 15 senior and mid-level Afghan Taliban figures have been captured in recent weeks. One was the militant group’s top commander in Eastern Afghanistan.
Snow piled up in parts of the Northeastern U.S. today, and high winds were close behind. At least eight inches of snow fell from Pennsylvania to New York to northern New England. And forecasters put much of the East Coast under wind advisories through the night. As a result, airlines around New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia canceled hundreds of flights.
Wall Street gave some ground today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 53 points to close at 10321. The Nasdaq fell more than a point to close at 2234.
Those are some of the day’s main stories. I will be back at the end of the program with a preview of what you will find tonight on the “NewsHour”‘s Web site — but, for now, back to Jim.