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Iraq War / Divided Country / Political War #850531

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 28, 2007
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The death toll today in Iraq for US troops & Iraqis noted.

(Baghdad: Jane Arraf) A firefight in the holy city of Najaf aimed at major religious officials & sectarian violence in Baghdad featured; cell phone video of a downed helicopter in Najaf, of sites of fighting in the capital where mortars hit a school courtyard & the ritual march for the Shiite holiday shown. [Military analyst retired Col. Jack JACOBS†- says more helicopters will be shot down.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: John Yang) The political debate over the war reviewed; scenes shown from Washington, DC, of anti-war protests; details given about possible Democratic changes in the laws that pertain to the war. [On "This Week," Senator Joseph BIDEN; on "Face the Nation," Senator Jim WEBB; on "Meet the Press," Senator Charles SCHUMER - criticize the administration.] [On Friday, Secretary of Defense Robert GATES - says flagging will in the US gives encouragement to "those folks."] Statement from Vice President Dick Cheney in "Newsweek" about what would happen if troops were pulled out of Iraq quoted. [Political analyst Charlie COOK†- says they want Congress to put pressure on the president without cutting off troop funding.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Arraf, Jane;
Yang, John

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