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Other News: U.S. Commander Warns of Taliban Gains

August 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM EDT
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In other news, a top U.S. military official warned that the Taliban has the upper hand in Afghanistan. Also, a typhoon tore through Taiwan over the weekend.

JIM LEHRER: In other news today, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan warned the Taliban is making major gains. U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal spoke to the Wall Street Journal. He said, “It’s a very aggressive enemy right now. We’ve got to stop their momentum.” To do that, McChrystal plans to put more troops in the country’s most heavily populated areas. He’ll present his overall assessment later this month.

A typhoon has left devastation across southern Taiwan. The powerful storm dumped up to 80 inches of rain over the weekend. Widespread flooding submerged towns and even washed away a three-story building. And mudslides buried an entire village, leaving as many as 400 people missing and feared dead. The storm moved on to mainland China, where nearly 1 million people were evacuated.

Hundreds of Americans began lining up in eight cities today for swine flu vaccine trials. About 2,800 people will take part in the government-funded testing. It’s part of the process of getting a vaccine for widespread use this fall. Ultimately, health officials expect to have 160 million doses available.

Wall Street backed up a bit today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 32 points to close below 9,338. The Nasdaq fell 8 points to close at 1,992.