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Iraq / Elections / Casey Interview / Lincoln Group #811960

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 14, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Election in Baghdad, Iraq, introduced.

(Baghdad: Nick Watt) Security for the 33,000 polling stations in Iraq featured; scenes shown from a closed-down Baghdad; details given about frontrunners former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi & incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari† & about whether Sunnis will vote. [Sunni candidate for parliament Salah al-MUTLAQ†- predicts a civil war if List No. 555†† wins again.]

(Camp Victory: Elizabeth Vargas) The role of US troops in securing the election noted. [In interview, multi-national forces in Iraq Gen. George CASEY†- says he is concerned about a needless attack by foreign fighters against civilian voters & he expects attacks over the course of the day tomorrow; states the Sunnis desire to participate in the process & that people understand a precipitous withdrawal would create a power vacuum; predicts a gradual "drawdown" over the next few years.]

(Camp Victory: Elizabeth Vargas) President Bush's speech today about Iraq noted; details given about Marine Lt. Ryan McGlothlin†.

(White House: Martha Raddatz) A major Pentagon effort to influence public opinion overseas examined; details given from a strategy document entitled "The Making of Heroes: Lincoln Group & the Fight for Fallujah" about the selling of the war that pushes the strength of Iraqi forces in Fallujah. [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON†- calls the tone of the presentation "strange."]

(Camp Victory: Elizabeth Vargas) Further coverage of Iraq on the ABCNews Website noted.

Woodruff, Bob;
Watt, Nick;
Vargas, Elizabeth;
Raddatz, Martha

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