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Afghanistan War / War Plan / Obama Speech / Kandahar #953950

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 01, 2009
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(West Point: Jake Tapper) Tonight's speech at West Point by President Obama to lay out his war plan for Afghanistan previewed; details given about the deployment of 30,000 troops whose mission will be to defeat the Taliban, train Afghan forces, stabilize Pakistan & set a date for leaving. [Senators John McCAIN, Russ FEINGOLD - offer differing opinions on this troop deployment.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos) How the president is conflicted, his team was divided, his need to put his stamp of strategy & the imperative for an exit plan discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: Martha Raddatz) The ambitious goal for getting Marines & the Army deployed in Afghanistan, the problem of a lack of infrastructure & whether Afghan troops can be trained discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Kandahar: Nick Schifrin) The manhunt in Kandahar to find insurgents now that the Taliban are back & how new troops will be used featured; scenes shown from the city that fears the strength of the Taliban. [Kandahar city battlespace commander Maj. Frederic JEAN†- outlines the needs in the city.] [1st platoon, 293rd military police, Lt. Danielle CHAMPAGNE†- talks about the security issue.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) ABC News coverage of the president's speech announced.

Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake;
George, Charles Gibson,;
Raddatz, Martha;
Schifrin, Nick

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