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Iraq War / Bush Speech / Abu Risha Death #872759

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 13, 2007
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(Washington: Charles Gibson) The announcement tonight from President Bush of the US troop drawdown in Iraq by July 2008 with 137,000 troops to stay on introduced.

(White House: Martha Raddatz) Bush's speech to the nation about Iraq previewed; excerpts about the surge, security and success allowing some troops to come home, about the Iraqi government and about the US engagement beyond his presidency quoted; statistics on troop levels cited. [Senator Joseph BIDEN - criticizes Bush's strategy in Iraq.] Presidential candidate former Senator John Edwards' ad shown.

(Washington: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Terry McCarthy) The tragic loss in Al Anbar province of Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha†, the target of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who was killed by an explosion, reviewed; details given about how this is a setback in the strategy of getting Sunni tribes to cooperate with the US in the province; scenes shown of Abu Risha shaking hands with Bush.

(Washington: Charles Gibson; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) Bush's thinking as he goes into tonight's address where he will explain his policy for Iraq, his analogies to other presidents and how his successor will have to deal with a long-term US presence in Iraq discussed; White House photo of Bush shown.

(Washington: Charles Gibson) ABC News coverage of the remarks tonight noted.

Gibson, Charles;
Raddatz, Martha;
McCarthy, Terry;
Stephanopoulos, George

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