CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 20, 2006
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The pressure on President Bush to find a way out of Iraq introduced.
(White House: Jim Axelrod) The tenuous grip in Iraq featured; scenes shown from Amarah, which was briefly taken over Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says it's their country & they will have to provide security.] [President BUSH - says we will stay in Iraq & win; says his message is whatever you need, we will give you.] Statement from former deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage that the US should "notify & walk" from Iraq. Bush's opposition to a phased withdrawal or to partitioning Iraq noted & US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid's meeting with Bush discussed.
(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.
(Balad: Lara Logan) CBS exclusive report on the battle for Balad presented; scenes shown of US troops responding to incoming fire & using their firepower. [Army Capt. Kevin CATER- comments on the Iraqi forces.] [S/Sgt. Joshua STAGGS- comments on doing the mission.] What the soldiers are saying now about their mission, their morale & the impact of repeated redeployments to Iraq discussed.
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