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Iraq War / US Troops / A Discussion #1005784

CNN Evening News for Friday, Oct 21, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A stunning statement from President Obama that US troops will be leaving Iraq in the next two months noted; details given about efforts for a US-Iraqi deal for keeping troops there for training. [OBAMA - talks about leaving Iraq.] [February 10, 2007, OBAMA - says it is time to bring the troops home.] [Last year, OBAMA - says all US troops will leave next year.] [On Monday, Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA - talks about an Iraqi-US agreement.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jessica Yellin) The reasons for the total withdrawal from Iraq, Obama's promises about the region, the politics of his decision and the criticism from the Republicans discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The total US casualties in Iraq noted. Live discussion held with "New York Times" John Burns, former CIA official Bob Baer and "Rock the Casbah" author Robin Wright about US troops and Iraq. [BURNS - says the Iraqis resisted any grant of immunity to US troops but it has ominous implications as some US troops could have helped stabilize Iraq in an unstable period because all disputes in Iraq remain unresolved; predicts the Iranian role of trying to create a satrap government in Iraq.] [WRIGHT - says immunity is a big issue in the region; agrees Iraq has sectarian problems, but....; notes Iraq is better off than Afghanistan and Iran is a threat to Iraq.] [BAER - says there was no choice because Iraq wants us gone; agrees we are not done with the civil war in Iraq.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Yellin, Jessica

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