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Iraq War / Basra Battle / Afghanistan #888629

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008
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(Studio: Harry Smith) The continued fighting in Basra, Iraq, between the government security forces and the militias reported; scenes shown of the clashes.

(Studio: Harry Smith) President Bush's meeting with advisers about the Iraq war noted.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The military's view that more troops will be needed for the war in Afghanistan and that those forces would have to come from Iraq examined; details given about the two-front war and the Joint Chiefs of Staff's endorsement of multinational forces-Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus' plan for a pause in withdrawals when the surge ends. [BUSH - says we cannot pull back too fast.] [Former special envoy to Afghanistan James DOBBINS†- says Afghanistan reinforcements will come from the US.]

Smith, Harry;
Martin, David

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