NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 26, 2007
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(White House: David Gregory) President Bush’s defense of his decision to send more troops to Iraq featured; details given about Congressional resolutions opposing the troop buildup; scenes shown of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad. [With new Iraq commander Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, BUSH – says I’m the decision-maker; comments on increasing pressure on Iran.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES††- says any indication of a flagging will gives encouragement to those folks.] [Senators Chuck HAGEL†, Christopher DODD†- speak against Bush’s plan.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) A bombing at a Baghdad pet market reported; scenes shown; the week’s casualties cited.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) New information about the ambush of US forces in Karbala last week reviewed; details given of the revelation that 4 soldiers were taken hostage and executed; scenes shown from Karbala; animation shown of the attack. [Retired Col. Jack JACOBS†- says the level of security provided by the Iraqis is dismally low.] The new plan for Baghdad and the increased risk for US troops noted. [GATES – says we are going to be in a support role.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) US soldiers’ frustration with American criticism of the war featured; scenes shown of Stryker Brigade’s Apache Company on patrol in Baghdad’s Hurriya neighborhood; details given about the new mission for the troops. [Spc. Tyler JOHNSON‡, S/Sgt. Manuel SAHAGUN†, Spc. Peter MANNA†- express views.]