NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 27, 2009
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(White House: Savannah Guthrie) President Obama's announcement of a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq featured; troop numbers cited; details given about the post-combat mission. [At Camp Lejeune, OBAMA – says by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end; praises the troops.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES – comments on Obama’s decision to let military commanders decide on the pacing of the withdrawals.] [At Camp Lejeune, MARINE – reacts to Obama’s visit.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Kabul: Richard Engel) Obama’s plans to provide additional troops for the Afghanistan war featured; scenes shown of the 10th Mountain Division, whose mission is to defend a key highway to Kabul. [S/Sgt. Rick ZIMORA- comments.] [10th Mountain Division Col. David HAIGHT- predicts there will be more enemy activity in the spring.]