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Afghanistan / Elections #952947

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 2009
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(Studio: Jeff Glor) Election day in Afghanistan reviewed; statistics on casualties from Taliban attacks and the voting turnout cited.

(Southern Helmand, Afghanistan: Lara Logan) The reluctance in Helmand province about voting despite the encouragement of US Marines featured; scenes shown of villagers in Garmsir making up excuses not to vote, a Taliban commander vowing to cut off voters’ fingers, Dahaneh residents casting ballots and Marines playing with Afghan kids. [Echo Co., 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines Sgt. Anthony MATTHEWS†- comments on being under fire.]

(Studio: Jeff Glor) The upcoming battlefield assessment from Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal noted; figures on US troop strength cited.

Glor, Jeff;
Logan, Lara

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