ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 12, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Findings of a new ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on the public's view of President Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq cited.
(White House: Martha Raddatz) The debate about US troop options in Iraq examined; details given about the military options being considered by the president & of the opposition of US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid & Gen. George Casey to increasing troop numbers. [White House press secretary Tony SNOW - says most issues have been ironed out.] [Retired Army Gen. Jack KEANE- outlines the case for securing Baghdad.] New Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' plans to go to Iraq next week noted.
(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The new poll on American attitudes about the war in Iraq following the release of the Iraq study group report discussed; poll figures cited.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The day's casualties in Baghdad cited.
(Baghdad: Dan Harris) A day of terror in Baghdad featured; scenes shown from the public square where a suicide bombing took place among a group of job seekers; details given about the Pentagon task force proposal designed to reopen factories; scenes shown of the Iraqi soccer team at the Asia games. [Multi-national Corps-Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Peter CHIARELLI- speaks about creating "honest work."] Reports that Iraqi politicians are endangered in talks about reducing the power of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr & his militia noted & discussed.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The death of five more US military personnel in Iraq & the death of Marine Maj. Megan McClung, the highest-ranking woman to die in Iraq, noted; McClung photo shown.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The story of the traumatized Iraqi boy, "Haidar," updated.