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Afghanistan War / Helicopter Crashes #951616

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 26, 2009
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(Studio: Harry Smith) Two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan reported; map shown. [In Jacksonville, Florida, President OBAMA - says they gave their lives to protect ours.] Reports introduced.

(Kabul: Mandy Clark) The crash of a chopper that had been targeting drug smugglers that killed troops & DEA staffers & the collision of two Marine copters reported; photo of a Marine shown; details given about the difficult environment in Afghanistan for helicopters. [ISAF spokesman Col. Wayne SHANKS†- says enemy action was not responsible for either crash.] Nationwide anti-American protests against the US shown.

(Studio: Harry Smith, Lara Logan) What happened in these two copter crashes, what the Taliban is saying about downing the aircraft & the problems with flying at night in Afghanistan discussed.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Obama's latest White House meeting about strategy for Afghanistan & the disputed presidential election reviewed; scenes shown of Obama at a naval base. [In Jacksonville, OBAMA - speaks about the solemn decision to risk lives only if necessary.] [Senator John KERRY - says US commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal's plan reaches too far & we need to speed up the training of Afghan forces.]

Smith, Harry;
Clark, Mandy;
Lara, Harry Smith,;
Martin, David

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