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NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 25, 2004
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(Studio: Hoda Kotbe) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) Christmas in Baghdad, Iraq, for US soldiers featured; scenes shown of Christmas dinner in the mess hall, a bombing near Najaf & an ambush in Mosul. [Army Spc. Natisha BAYLOR†, Capt. Diane SHARRELL‡, Spc. George ROXBY‡- comment on the season.]

(Studio: Hoda Kotbe) Report introduced.

(White House: Bob Kur) President Bush's Christmas Eve message about Iraq presented. [In his radio address, BUSH - says the troops are defending our security.] [Outside, BUSH - says democracy will prevail in Iraq.] [American University professor James THURBER†- says Bush has to show progress on the ground; states his place in history will be directly influenced by success or failure in the war in Iraq.] "Washington Post" story on Army historian Isaiah Wilson's gloomy assessment of the war quoted.

(Studio: Hoda Kotbe) The home front introduced.

(Ashboro, North Carolina: Kerry Sanders) The story of a boy who lost his father in the war in Iraq presented. [Late soldier's son Jon KRAUS‡- talks about the war; shows his father's medals.] [Jon's mother Suzette WINKLER†- talks about her son's coping & getting through the season.]

(Studio: Hoda Kotbe) Holiday dinner for the US troops in Afghanistan shown.

Kotbe, Hoda;
Engel, Richard;
Kur, Bob;
Sanders, Kerry

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