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Iraq War / Gates / Bush Plan / US Troops #847306

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 17, 2006
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(Studio: Dan Harris) Report introduced.

(White House: Geoff Morrell) The proposal to send more US troops to Iraq as Robert Gates takes over as Secretary of Defense examined. [On "Face the Nation," former Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we need a clear mission for more troops.] [On "This Week," Senator Harry REID - says he could go along with the plan.] Findings of recent ABC News poll on the public's view of increasing/decreasing troop numbers in Iraq cited. [Former presidential adviser David GERGEN - says President Bush wants to go for victory no matter what it takes.]

(Studio: Dan Harris) The daunting task that will determine whether the more troops plan can succeed introduced.

(Baghdad: Terry McCarthy) The situation in Iraq that is outside the control of US troops examined; details given of the need for Iraqi politicians to work together & of the problems with Iraqi army & police forces; scenes shown from the streets of Baghdad. [In Baghdad, British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR - talks about strategy.] [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON - says it is getting late in the game for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.]

Harris, Dan;
Morrell, Geoff;
McCarthy, Terry

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