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Iraq / US Withdrawal #1013042

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The end of the US military involvement in Iraq noted; scenes shown of President Obama with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the White House. [OBAMA – says our war in Iraq ends this month.]

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The withdrawal of US troops from Iraq featured; war footage shown; scenes shown of Baghdad’s Camp Liberty where only Iraqi soldiers remain, a former American headquarters that once belonged to President Saddam Hussein, US troops packing up at Camp Taji††.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Studio and Iraq: Ted Koppel) How the US will have a continued presence in Iraq featured; scenes shown of the consulate under construction in Basra, where there are oil fields near the border with Iran, the new US embassy in Baghdad. [Consul General Piper CAMPBELL††- says if there were increased Iranian influence in southern Iraq it would work against US interests.] [US Army Lt. Col. Andy POZNICK†† - says we do a lot of things to make sure it doesn’t fail.] [US Army Lt. Gen. Robert CASLEN†- acknowledges there are US troops in the region who could respond to an attack.] American concerns about the Iranians discussed.

Williams, Brian;
Engel, Richard;
Koppel, Ted

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