ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 08, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) President Bush's meeting with Congressional leaders about Iraq war policy shown.
(Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) Source information about the military's report to Bush that will call for a change in mission from combat to training & supporting Iraqi forces examined; details given about this view as compared to that of the Iraq study group for the combat troops & of other elements of the Pentagon plan. [Multinational Corps Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Peter CHIARELLI- says we need to embed those trainers in the Iraqi army & police.] [To Pentagon employees, outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says we can succeed in Iraq & Afghanistan only with patience & staying power.] Bush's plans for a major speech before Christmas on what he intends to do differently in Iraq noted.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The deep sectarian tensions in Iraq that make it so hard to bring order featured; scenes shown from a US military patrol in Ghazaliya, three dead Shiites in the street, Iraqi civilians & police on the streets & a grieving father comforted by a Shiite police officer with his face not shown. [Army Sgt. Michael ROBINSON- says the situation is bad, but not unrecoverable; hopes we are winning the war.]