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Christmas / Iraq / Bush #847702

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 25, 2006
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(Studio: Kate Snow) Christmas from all corners of the world introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) Christmas celebrations featured; scenes shown from Iraq, the Vatican, homeless shelters, toys for children in Washington, DC &, the National Christmas tree. [At Washington's National Cathedral, Rev. Samuel LLOYD†- preaches.] [In Chicago, Sgt. Spiros TRAMBUKOS‡; in Toledo, Ohio, adoptive mother Wendy HOODLEBRINK†; shelter guest James STOKES†- comment.]

(Studio: Kate Snow) The day's casualties for US troops in Iraq noted.

(FOB Gator Swamp, Iraq: Terry McCarthy) Christmas in Iraq featured; scenes shown from Baghdad of the military on high alert, a forward operating base called Gator Swamp & troops on patrol. [On guard duty, Pfc. Logan GATMANN, commanding Maj. Gen. Joseph FIL†; 1st Cavalry Div. Sgt. Shawn HOLMES†, Sgt. Vince O'DONNELL†- comment.]

(Studio: Kate Snow) Report introduced.

(New York: Nancy Cordes) Christmas for military families with an empty seat for those serving overseas this Christmas featured; photos shown. [Military wife Rosa BROWN†- talks about her husband.] [In Afghanistan, Army S/Sgt. Antonio BROWN†- misses his kids.] [Marine's mother Pat SMOLINSKI†- comments.]

(Studio: Kate Snow; White House: Jessica Yellin) President Bush's working Christmas vacation at Camp David & Crawford, Texas, where he will finalize his strategy for US troops in Iraq discussed; photo shown; details given about how he will be joined by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice & Vice President Dick Cheney.

Snow, Kate;
Stark, Lisa;
McCarthy, Terry;
Cordes, Nancy;
Yellin, Jessica

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