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America in Iraq: 5 Years and Counting #900214

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Five years of war in Iraq reviewed; CBS News poll findings and casualty, cost and troop level statistics cited; details given about the views of the public and the presidential candidates. [President BUSH – says it has been longer and harder and more costly than we anticipated.] The Iraqi government’s agreement to hold provincial elections, which will meet another benchmark set by Congress, noted.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) Progress on security in Iraq featured; scenes shown of US troops with Iraqi children; details given of deals with Shiite and Sunni tribal militias to help the US fight Al Qaeda and the shortage of basic services; statistics on attacks and electric power cited. [Iraq commander Gen. David PETRAEUS – agrees that the political and economic progress falls short of the security gains; comments on the Iraqi government’s mistrust of Sunni fighters.] [University teacher Na’ail ZAKARYA†- says we’ll never see light at the end of the tunnel.]

Couric, Katie;
Logan, Lara

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