On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  February 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM EST

AFGHAN OFFENSIVE: Elite Marine reconnaissance teams were airdropped behind Taliban lines in Southern Afghanistan, as a major NATO offensive entered its 7th day today. Ray Suarez reports the latest developments on-the-ground in the battle against the Taliban, then Judy Woodruff interviews guests about the strategy behind the military offensive.

BOOTS ON THE GROUND: Our Afghanistan coverage continues with a compelling report by freelance British reporter/cameraman Vaughan Smith. Embedded with Britain’s Grenadier Guards for several weeks before the start of Operation Moshtarak, his report presents an extraordinary account of life on the front lines as the U.S. and their allies tackle the Taliban.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS: Jim Lehrer moderates our weekly conversation with syndicated columnist Mark Shields, and David Brooks of the New York Times.

TIGER WOODS: Jeffrey Brown reports on today’s public apology by Tiger Woods, and the likely impact on the world of golf, and the companies associated with the sporting star. Christine Brennan of ABC News, ESPN and USA Today provides the analysis. Then…..

OLYMPICS WRAP: …..Christine looks back on the first week of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and looks ahead to Week 2.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor tonight’s broadcast, and Hari Sreenivasan – as usual – will have a summary of the day’s other major stories from our newsroom. We hope that you’ll join us on PBS tonight.