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Afghanistan War / Gates, Petraeus Interview / The Field #995157

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 06, 2011
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(Afghanistan: Diane Sawyer) A White House meeting about the beginning of the ending of the war in Afghanistan after 10 years and bringing troops home introduced.

(Afghanistan: Diane Sawyer) Earlier exclusive interview held with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and International Security Assistance Force commander Gen. David Petraeus about the war; regional map shown. [GATES, PETRAEUS - talk about the war, the pressure of a negotiated settlement, on the phenomenon of modern conflict, the number of troops that can be taken out in different time frames, how our job is to provide options for the president who makes decisions, how we have invested lives and money in the war, how Congress is always impatient, the progress of the Afghan national army, the possibility of Al Qaeda's Kasmieri‡ being killed in Pakistan, where things change slowly, the reaction to the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden†† and whether it is a game changer; shows a shot-up MRAP piece.] The plans for Gates to retire and for Petraeus to go to the CIA noted.

(Afghanistan: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Afghanistan: Mike Boettcher) A look at the fighting in the field in the war in Afghanistan presented; scenes shown of a battalion on patrol in the Taliban heartland, of Afghan soldiers and an engagement with the enemy with US troops showing the Afghans how to push forward. [101st Airborne war squadron commander Lt. Col. Steve LUTSKY†, No Slack Battalion Corp. Thomas SHELTON†- comment on the situation here.]

(Afghanistan: Diane Sawyer, Carlos Boettcher) The father-son team of reporters noted.

Reporter(s):
Sawyer, Diane;
Boettcher, Mike;
Carlos, Diane Sawyer,
Duration:
00:11:10

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