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Iraq War / Basra Battle #888611

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Tikrit, Iraq: Miguel Marquez) A battle in oil-rich Basra, Iraq, between the Iraqi government and independent militias led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reviewed; battle scenes shown; details given of the threat to Iraq's delicate political balance and the threat to US troops in Iraq. [Former Desert Storm commander retired Maj. Gen. William NASH†- says there could be an escalation of violence.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) President Bush's briefing on troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan noted.

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) What the Basra fighting indicates for troop reductions in Iraq and the risk if troop withdrawals do not resume in the fall discussed.

Gibson, Charles;
Marquez, Miguel;
Karl, Jonathan

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