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Afghanistan & Pakistan / Elections & US Troops / Musharraf Interview #951514

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Oct 22, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) President Obama's work on a strategy for the runoff election in Afghanistan & his decision on whether to send more troops outlined.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. [MUSHARRAF - says force could be important from a military point of view; comments on the Taliban, the intelligence by the US & Pakistan about the whereabouts of Muhammad Omar, the allegations that US money to Pakistan is being misspent, the fight against Taliban & Al Qaeda.] [Last night, former Vice President Dick CHENEY - says Obama is afraid to make a decision about troops to complete the mission in Afghanistan.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Michael Ware, Peter Bergen) The war in Afghanistan, the number of US troops there, what Musharraf said in the interview, Pakistan's focus on its rivalry with India that makes fighting an insurgency difficult plus the militants are dug in, the meaning of the term "Taliban," & the Pakistani support of the offensives discussed.

Cooper, Anderson;
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