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CNN Evening News for Friday, Feb 27, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) President Obama's announcement that he will pull troops out of Iraq by August of 2010 reported. [At Camp Lejeune, OBAMA - says cannot still Iraq's union is perfect; praises those in uniforms have fought to give Iraq a better future; states the first part is the removal of combat troops after consulting with military planners: our combat mission will end.]

(Washington: Tom Foreman) The timetable for the pullout from Iraq examined; details given about the promises from President Bush and Obama; troop statistics cited. [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON†- says it boils down to a reverse invasion.] [CNN's Barbara STARR - says trhe remaining troops will face combat; comments on the ten-year contingency plan for Afghanistan and Iraq.] [Senator John McCAIN - backs the withdrawal.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Obama's interview with PBS Jim Lehrer noted. [OBAMA - says he makes decision based on what he thinks is best.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Ed Henry and Michael Ware about the war in Iraq. [In-studio, WARE - says this is a political shell game, but the 50,000 staying troops will be in a war zone; notes the original pullout agreement was made by Bush's administration.] [HENRY - assesses what Obama said about the "mission" ending, but the bottom line is the war in Iraq will end.] [WARE - notes none of this is set in stone: let's see what things look like next year.] Other material: [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES - says the remaining force will engage in counter-terrorism actions.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Foreman, Tom

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