NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 21, 2007
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(London: Ned Colt) British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s announcement that Britain is pulling troops out of Iraq featured; details given of the British attitude toward the war; “Times of London” poll findings cited; scenes shown of a British soldier’s funeral. [BLAIR – says the next chapter in Basra’s history will be written by the Iraqis.] [Father of British soldier Reg KEYS- supports the drawdown.] [Parliament member Sir Menzies CAMPBELL- reviews the situation in Iraq.] The consideration of a drawdown by Denmark and Lithuania noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(White House: David Gregory) The reaction to the British pullout featured; statement from Senator Hillary Clinton quoted. [In Germany, Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE- says the British have transferred security responsibilities to the Iraqis.] [In Japan, Vice President Dick CHENEY- says there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well.] [Brookings Institution Michael O’HANLON- wonders why Blair doesn’t send his troops to Baghdad to help the US.] [From ABC News, presidential candidate John EDWARDS- says it is time to stop President Bush’s escalation of the war.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Concern about insurgents’ use of bombs containing chlorine and the downing of another US helicopter noted; scenes shown from the site of a Baghdad attack.