ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 18, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The first day for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the job noted; statistics from the Pentagon's Iraq progress report cited.
(Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) The view of Iraq in the Pentagon report reviewed; details given about the role of Shiite militias as the main source of sectarian violence. [GATES - says we cannot afford to fail in the Middle East.] [Voice of Gen. James CONWAY - says we could support the idea of putting more troops in Iraq if.....] [Senator Carl LEVIN - says it would be a mistake to increase the number of troops in Iraq as stated by US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The shutdown of the Iraqi Red Crescent after 30 aid workers were kidnapped noted.
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