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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 06, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The devotion of the entire broadcast to the war in Afghanistan introduced.

(White House: Chip Reid) The agonizing decision for President Obama about the course of the war in Afghanistan featured; details given about the options advanced by US commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal & Vice President Joe Biden & the timetable for a decision. [OBAMA - says the aim is to defeat Al Qaeda.] [Senators John KERRY, John McCAIN - offer views on the strategy.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) The hunt for insurgents in Afghanistan following the attack on the US outpost reported; names of the slain soldiers outlined on screen.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Earlier interview held with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Afghanistan. [CLINTON - calls the situation in Afghanistan mixed with a more aggressive Taliban but with some positive developments.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) The history of recent fighting in Afghanistan reviewed; details given about the Soviet invasion in 1979, the US support of the mujahadeen, seen as freedom fighters, the 1989 pullout of the USSR, the resulting civil war, the emergence of the Taliban, its toppling by the coalition & the significance of the failure to capture Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden††. [Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Michael SEMPLE†- defines the mujahadeen.] [CLINTON - says the US withdrew.] [Pakistani journalist Ahmed RASHID†- talks about the role of the Taliban with bin Laden†† as an asset to them.] [October 7, 2001, President BUSH - says the Taliban will pay a price.]

(Kabul: Lara Logan) The US role in Iraq after bin Laden escaped that turned the focus away from Afghanistan at the time the Taliban had collapsed & the failure of the US to adapt its strategy reviewed; scenes shown from a Taliban propaganda video of an attack against a US mountain outpost. [Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah ABDULLAH†- says the greatest opportunity was lost to stabilize Afghanistan.] [Joint Forces Operation command Col. James KRAFT†- talks about the "defeat" of an insurgency.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) What McChrystal & Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have said about the war noted.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Excerpts from the August 26 "60 Minutes" interview with McChrystal & the deputy commanders about Afghanistan presented. [McCHRYSTAL - says this is our most important chance; states we will change the way we operate & need to increase the Afghan army & police; comments on government corruption.] [US forces in Afghanistan deputy commander Lt. Gen. David RODRIGUEZ†- talks about the drug money & corruption.] [ISAF intelligence director Maj. Gen. Michael FLYNN†- says we have to show the Afghans we know what we are doing.]

Couric, Katie;
Reid, Chip;
Logan, Lara;
Martin, David

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