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Afghanistan War / Elections / A Discussion #943794

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Bamiyan: Ivan Watson) A major battle underway in Afghanistan at the time of the elections featured; scenes shown from Bamiyan; details given about the death toll for Western troops this month & reports of gunfire at polling stations.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Peter Bergen; studio: Michael Ware) What is at stake in the elections today that will be won by Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, the message to the Taliban if there is a good voter turnout, how the election does not matter to the US interest, the extent of the disruption, what it will mean about going forward, the extent of corruption in the country that is dominated by the drug business, how the US is limiting its goals to making the country stable against Taliban/Al Qaeda interests discussed.

Cooper, Anderson;
Watson, Ivan;
Bergen, Peter;
Ware, Michael

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