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Afghanistan US
AP-APTN-0930: Afghanistan US Monday, 25 July 2011 STORY:Afghanistan US- REPLAY New US envoy to Afghanistan welcomed into role LENGTH: 01:04 FIRST RUN: 0630 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: English/Natsound SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 698489 DATELINE: Kabul - 25 July 2011 LENGTH: 01:04 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY ++QUALITY AS INCOMING++ SHOTLIST: 1. New US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, being sworn in AUDIO: applause 2. Cutaway of two US soldiers forming guard of honour 3. Wide of Crocker behind podium at swearing-in ceremony 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Afghanistan: "We have no interest in using Afghanistan as a platform to project influence into neighbouring countries. Our sole interest is in Afghanistan's security and sustainable stability, and ensuring it will never again become a haven for international terrorism that poses a threat to the international community." 5. Audience members listening to Crocker 6. Wide of Crocker behind podium at swearing-in ceremony 7. US soldier meeting Crocker 8. Man in suit meeting Crocker STORYLINE: The new US ambassador to Afghanistan was sworn in on Monday at the American embassy in Kabul. Ryan Crocker, now America's top diplomat in Afghanistan, said the United States wasn't rushing to leave the country and that what happened in the months ahead would have far-reaching consequences across the globe. He said the US left Afghanistan the wrong way in the early 1990s, which resulted in a civil war, the rise of the Taliban, al-Qaida using Afghanistan as a sanctuary, and the September 11 attacks. Crocker also insisted that the US had no interest in permanent bases in Afghanistan. "We have no interest in using Afghanistan as a platform to project influence into neighbouring countries," he said. "Our sole interest is in Afghanistan's security and sustainable stability, and ensuring it will never again become a haven for international terrorism that poses a threat to the international community," he added. Crocker said he was confident that even after combat troops left in 2014, the US would be able to help prevent the Taliban from ever returning to power. Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: infoaparchive.com (ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. APTN APEX 07-25-11 0557EDT
PETRAEUS TROOP WITHDRAW
00:00:00:15 upon the withdrawal of the last surge combat team in July we undertake a 45-day period of consolidation and evaluation. At the end of that period we will commence a process of assessment. ...
Iraq Crocker - US Ambassador says "no easy, quick, magic answers" in AP intv
NAME: IRQ CROCKER 20070726I TAPE: EF07/0893 IN_TIME: 10:17:23:12 DURATION: 00:01:32:14 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION DATELINE: Baghdad, 26 July 2007 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST 1. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: ''I for one, someone who spent decades in the Middle East am deeply concern about what could happen if we decide - based on reasons other than the conditions on ground in Iraq - that we simply don't want to be involved anymore. What that could mean in terms of an al-Qaida resurgence, what that could mean in terms of a massive human catastrophe, with bloodshed among Iraqi civilians on a scale we have not seen and may find it hard to imagine, what that could mean for Iranian intervention and consolidation in Iraq and what it could for drawing in Iraq's southern neighbours, Turkey and the Arab states. So this is a tough slog that we are involved in. There are no easy, quick, magic answers at this stage. But I think it is very important that for own interest that we stay with this until Iraq gets to a point of sustainable stability, because I think that can be done.'' 2. Cutaway of Crocker hands 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: ''We've got to get the conditions right and that is going to take more time and more hard work by Iraqis and by us. When the conditions are right then you can talk about the timetable.'' 4. US and Iraqi flags STORYLINE: Washington's top envoy in Iraq said on Thursday that increased US troop strength had brought down violence but it was impossible to rush political reconciliation or to predict when conditions would allow the United States to begin reducing its involvement. With less than two months remaining before Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus - the US commander in Iraq - report to Congress about progress in Iraq, the top envoy also told The Associated Press in Baghdad that "there are no easy, quick, magic answers at this stage." Crocker refused to be drawn on when he thought US troop levels could be reduced and other American involvement might be scaled back. ''We've got to get the conditions right and that is going to take more time and more hard work by Iraqis and by us," Crocker said. "When the conditions are right then you can talk about the timetable,'' he added. The ambassador warned those in the United States who are calling for a quick American withdrawal that he was not going to be able to give Congress positive answers about when US troops could safely leave Iraq, which remains the most dangerous country on earth in the fifth year of the US military intervention. He spoke of deep concerns "if we decide - based on reasons other than the conditions on ground in Iraq - that we simply don't want to be involved anymore." A growing number of critics of continued US involvement in Iraq disagree strongly, arguing that to stay longer damages American standing in the world, wastes taxpayer dollars and sacrifices the lives of US troops unnecessarily.
++Afghanistan Assassination
AP-APTN-0930: ++Afghanistan Assassination Wednesday, 27 July 2011 STORY:++Afghanistan Assassination- NEW Taliban sent suicide bomber to kill mayor of Kandahar LENGTH: 02:14 FIRST RUN: 0930 RESTRICTIONS: SEE SCRIPT TYPE: Eng/Pashto/Natsound SOURCE: AP TELEVISION/AP PHOTOS STORY NUMBER: 698809 DATELINE: Kandahar - 27 July 2011/FILE LENGTH: 02:14 ++PRELIMINARY SCRIPT - FULL SHOTLIST AND STORYLINE TO FOLLOW++ AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY AP PHOTOS / PROVINCIAL MEDIA CENTRE HANDOUT - NO ACCESS CANADA/FOR BROADCAST USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO ACCESS ONLINE OR MOBILE SHOTLIST: AP PHOTOS / PROVINCIAL MEDIA CENTRE HANDOUT - NO ACCESS CANADA/FOR BROADCAST USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO ACCESS ONLINE OR MOBILE FILE: Kandahar - Date Unknown ++4:3++ 1. STILL of Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi at news conference AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Kandahar - 27 July 2011 ++16:9++ 2. Various of attack site and Ghulam Haider Hamidi covered with sheet 3. Damaged building where attack took place 4. Close-up of debris on ground 5. Security at checkpoint 6. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Tooryalai Wesa, Governor of Kandahar: ++TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW++ 7. Wide of speakers at news conference 8. Audience at news conference 9. Wesa leaving conference 10. Ryan Crocker, new US ambassador to Afghanistan, arriving for news conference 11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan: ++TRANSCRIPTION TO FOLLOW++ 12. Cutaway of rocker 13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan: ++TRANSCRIPTION TO FOLLOW++ 14. Crocker leaving conference STORYLINE: The mayor of Kandahar was assassinated on Wednesday by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban, Afghan officials said. Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi, who was 65 years old, is the third top-ranking official to be slain in Afghanistan this month. ++MORE TO FOLLOW++ Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: infoaparchive.com (ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. APTN APEX 07-27-11 0615EDT
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
CANNON STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, September 10, 2007 CANNON ROTUNDA STAKEOUT: PETRAEUS & CROCKER PRESSER RS24/X80/Slugged: 1645 & 1810 PETRAEUS SO X80 Slugged: 1645 PETRAEUS SO X80 16:58:27 Rep. Tom Lantos exits hearing Slugged: 1815 PETRAEUS SO X80 18:46:12 Duncan Hunter, Ike Skelton, Gen. David Petraeus exiting 18:47:12 Petraeus & Skelton talking off-mic, ts 18:47:33 REP. IKE SKELTON: we just concluded the hearing w/ Petraeus & Crocker.admiration for the general and American troops, commands and great deal of appreciation for their work. 18:48:00 America's finest, thank you. Very difficult, unanswered question, Iraqi political nature. Thank you. 18:48:21 REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: let me just say, very important hearing. Listened to, reassessing their positions. I hope that reassessing in many cases in support of this policy. 18:48:43 Our 2 leaders, lots of facts that reflect this surge is working, things are much better, in Anbar Province. 18:48:59 that dynamic spreading throughout, thank you. 18:49:18 no short questions, commend chairman. In depth answer. 18:49:33 Petraeus & Crocker shakes hands with Hunter & Skelton Q&A 18:49:47 GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS: Up to the keepers of the Washington clock. Provide forthright assessment of situation. Explain where progress, recognize where there was no progress. More needs to be done. 18:50:18 what we laid out, is in many cases, where in fact significant progress particularly since surge since June. I mention 8 of past 12 weeks, fewer incidents. 18:50:44 not since April, having said, talked about where there have been reductions. Civilian deaths, sectarian violence.levels are still unacceptable, area we must work. Damage done, in 2006 2007 was very serious. 18:51:14 still many problems as a result of the fabric of society. 18:51:32 I do not thank you. 18:51:48 I did not provide optimistic words. An assessment. Iraq is real hard. Very clear the challenges at the political level, we are working of course on the ground, military, Iraqi counterparts. 18:52:11 opportunity for Iraqi leaders achieve reconciliation. Tried to do, local.progress, the ambassador explained effectively, where it worked and where it needs to be worked. 18:52:52 Mid-March on next summer.Not been accepted, recommended, start this month, redeployment.September without replacement. Redeployment, mid- december, we could've run surge.battlefield. 18:53:34 reduction of 5 army brigades, 2 marine battalions, very substantial. We have recommended that, until mid-July, it is not something I can sit here now.in September and say I can say where we will be in next July, year away, and offer some sense of how to draw forces down. 18:54:07 did state, we will beyond that point...didn't state what applied path will be. Prediction, assessment or recommendation at this point in time. 18:54:40 RYAN CROCKER: optimistic, best assessment I can. Trajectory is moving up, political, economic and diplomatic activity. A lot of problems out there. We are seeing bottoms up both security and political developments. 18:55:16 In Diyala for example, linkages to develop between center and provinces, also good. Economic progress.central gov't to make budget allocations to the problems, increase provinces to spend money they get. 18:55:43 we see indications efforts on national level, what kind of shape the new Iraq is going to take. The more harder, tremendous levels of violence. Putting all this together, It think we are making progress.not right around the corner. 18:56:23 enough going around that is promising. 18:56:28 thank you.
US Iraq - US general says more time needed in Iraq, Crocker comment
NAME: US IRAQ 20070719I TAPE: EF07/0860 IN_TIME: 11:11:27:06 DURATION: 00:02:29:02 SOURCES: POOL DATELINE: Various - 19 July 2007 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: Washington, DC 1. Wide shot of Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing 2. Shot of Ambassador Ryan Crocker on large tv screen in hearing room 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "If there is one word, I would use to sum up the atmosphere in Iraq - on the streets, in the countryside, in the neighbourhoods and at the national level - that word would be fear. This is the fear that Saddam Hussein so effectively invocated throughout the country, it's a fear that has been intensified by the sectarian strains. For Iraq to move forward at any level, that fear is going to have to be replaced with some level of trust and confidence and that is what the effort at the national level is about." 4. Wide cutaway of hearing 5. Cutaway of lawmakers 6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "Non-conditioned based withdrawals could lead to a sharp spike in precisely the sectarian violence among the population that the surge was intended to diminish and which it has diminished. It also creates a climate in which al-Qaida will find a comfortable operating environment and that clearly is not in our interest." 7. Cutaway of committee 8. Wide cutaway of hearing 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) US Senator Joseph Biden, Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee (D-Delaware): "I believe there is no possibility we will have 160-thousand troops in Iraq a year from now, it's just not going to be the case. So time is running out in a big way." Arlington, Virginia 10. Wide shot of Pentagon briefing room during Odierno's briefing from Iraq Baghdad, Iraq 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lt. General Ray Odierno, Commander, Multinational Corps in Iraq: "What I would hope for is that we are very deliberate if we have a change in strategy, and we become deliberate in executing that and not try to do it in a very quick time frame, because I think there is a lot of danger and risk associated with that." Arlington, Virginia 12. Cutaway of reporters at the Pentagon STORYLINE: The top US diplomat in Iraq said on Thursday that Baghdad is making some political progress but faces considerable difficulty in the months to come to try to heal a nation long gripped by violence. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee via video link from Iraq, Crocker said the surge is starting to take effect and Baghdad is making some political progress. But he said, there is much to do and "the challenges are immense." Crocker told the panel, "If there is one word I would use to sum up the atmosphere in Iraq...that word would be fear." The ambassador added that "for Iraq to move forward at any level, that fear is going to have to be replaced with some level of trust, confidence and that is what the effort at the national level is about." In the first hour of his testimony, Crocker said Bush's troop buildup in Iraq was just now getting in its stride and was showing some gains in tamping down sectarian violence in Baghdad. But Crocker warned against a withdrawal of US troops, contending such a move could increase sectarian attacks and create a "comfortable operating environment" for al-Qaida, which continues to organise high-profile bombings. He also warned lawmakers against relying heavily on a list of benchmarks to measure gains made in Iraq. Earlier this year, Congress asked the White House to report on progress made in 18 target areas for political, security and diplomatic reforms; last week, the administration reported mixed results. Crocker said the longer he is in Iraq, the more he is "persuaded that progress...cannot be analysed solely in terms" of those benchmarks. Crocker faced a tough crowd. A majority of the senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, including six of the 10 panel's Republicans, have expressed serious doubts about President Bush's decision to deploy additional troops. Delaware Senator Joseph Biden, the committee chairman and a Democratic presidential candidate, said, "there is no possibility" the US will still have 160-thousand troops in Iraq a year from now. And he warned, "time is running out in a big way." Earlier, a top commander in Iraq issued a different warning. Lt. General Raymond Odierno said trying to change the military strategy in Iraq too quickly would mean more danger for US forces. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, also via video link from Baghdad, Odierno said any change of military strategy should be done slowly and deliberately or US troops and the Iraqi population will be put in danger. Odierno also said that while he will be able to give US leaders an assessment in September of whether the progress in Iraq is continuing, he will need more time to tell if improvements represent long term trends. The commander painted an optimistic picture of progress in Iraq since the US troop buildup was completed about a month ago and the Baghdad security plan was ramped up with large-scale operations. He said there has been "significant success" in the last four weeks in that the increased military operations have denied al-Qaida safe havens in Baghdad, Iraqi security forces are growing in strength and ability and reconciliation efforts with tribal leaders and Sunni militants are gaining momentum.
US Iraq - Gen Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker comment on Iraq
NAME: US IRAQ 20070617I TAPE: EF07/0721 IN_TIME: 10:25:28:00 DURATION: 00:02:35:16 SOURCES: ABC/FOX DATELINE: Baghdad, 17 June 2007 RESTRICTIONS: See Script SHOTLIST: FOX - Must Courtesy "Fox News Sunday - No re-use/re-sale without clearance Washington, DC - 17 June 2007 1. Split screen showing host Chris Wallas interviewing General David Petraeus Baghdad, Iraq - 17 June 2007 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) General David Petraeus/US Commander in Iraq "We're ahead of where we thought, I thought, we would be at this point in time, and then we are behind where we might have been in some other areas. Anbar province is an area that, as you'll recall, was assessed to be lost less than a year or so ago by the military intelligence folks that were in Anbar province. There's been a stunning reversal out there as tribes have said that whoever opposes Al Qaida is with us, We want to fight Al Qaida. Will you help us, coalition forces? And we have, indeed, done that." Washington, DC 3. Split screen showing Wallace interviewing Petraeus Baghdad, Iraq 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) General David Petraeus/US Commander in Iraq "The fact is that as we go on the offensive, the enemy is going to respond. That is what has happened. Car bombs have been coming steadily down, and as I mentioned, sectarian executions in Baghdad, in particular, have come down. So again, certainly it is a mix. And that is what I have tried to convey in my assessments - that we are ahead in some areas and we need to do some serious work in others." NBC - Must Courtesy "Meet the Press/NBC News" - No re-use/re-sale without clearance 17 June 2007 Washington, DC 5. Split screen showing host Tim Russert interviewing Ryan Crocker Baghdad, Iraq 6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker/US Ambassador in Iraq "I think there is frustration on some levels, absence of progress rather clearly in the legislative arena, on the other hand, we are seeing the leadership able to come together at a time of really grave crisis after the Samara bombing and agree who the enemy is, agree what the strategy is and agree on a way forward. So again, it's a mixed picture, but certainly by not any means, a hopeless one." Washington, DC 7. Split screen showing Russert interviewing Crocker Baghdad, Iraq 8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker/US Ambassador in Iraq "Baghdad is central. It is really very difficult to imagine any meaningful political progress being made if security is not imposed in Baghdad. So, just to use your own image there, what we are now positioned to do with the surge at full strength is whack a whole lot of moles simultaneously, and that does have an effect." Washington, DC 9. Split screen showing Russert interviewing Crocker STORYLINE: The continuing violence in Iraq over the last four months reflects, in part, insurgents' response to coalition military forces going on the offensive, the top US commander there said Sunday. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, General David Petraeus described an ebb-and-flow of sectarian murders in Baghdad and said there has been a "stunning reversal" in the Anbar province, a former al-Qaida stronghold west of the city where tribes have begun to help fight the terror organisation. He acknowledged, however, "real concerns" in some neighbourhoods in and around Baghdad where Sunni and Shiites continue to battle. Petraeus said as coalition forces "go on the offensive, the enemy is going to respond," adding that "That is what has happened." And he said the results of the surge so far have been "a mix." He said there are some areas in which coalition forces are ahead, and others that still need "serious work." In a required quarterly report to Congress on security, political and economic developments in Iraq, the Pentagon last week concluded that casualties among troops and civilians have edged higher despite the US-led security push in Baghdad. The report, covering the February-May period, also raised questions about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ability to fulfill a pledge made in January to prohibit political interference in security operations and to allow no safe havens for sectarian militias. Overall, however, the report said it was too soon to judge whether the security crackdown was working. Similarly, the US ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, described the situation in Iraq as "a mixed picture, but certainly not a hopeless one." Interviewed Sunday from Baghdad on NBC's "Meet the Press," Crocker said there are frustrations, but also signs of progress, and cautioned about the ramifications of a precipitous withdrawal of forces. Crocker said the "Iraqis are frustrated, too," by the slow progress in many areas. But he added, the leadership "able to come together at a time of really grave crisis after the Samara bombing and agree who the enemy is, agree what the strategy is and agree on a way forward." The ambassador said the recent US build-up of forces is just now complete and is showing signs of progress in establishing security, particularly in Anbar province. To charges that the plan has produced a "whack a mole" result in which insurgents are routed in one location, only to pop up in another, Crocker said, "What we are now positioned to do ... is whack a whole lot of moles simultaneously." The Pentagon's most recent report, the eighth in a series, said that while violence fell in the capital and in Anbar province, it increased in other areas, particularly in the outlying areas of Baghdad province and in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad and in the northern province of Nineva. The security operation was launched February 14 and is still unfolding as the last of an additional 28-thousand or so US forces are getting into position in and around the Iraqi capital. The Pentagon is required by Congress to provide its initial assessment of the operation in July.
US Iraq - Petraeus and Crocker give media briefing
NAME: US IRAQ 20070912I TAPE: EF07/1086 IN_TIME: 10:00:09:00 DURATION: 00:03:29:23 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/POOL DATELINE: Washington DC, 11-12 Sept 2007 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST AP Television 12 September 2007 1. General Petraeus walks through halls of National Press Club 2. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker walk into Press Club news conference 3. Cutaway of press 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) General David Petraeus, Top US Commander in Iraq: "I did very much have in mind the strain and stress that has been placed on our ground forces, in particular, as one of the considerations that was factored into the calculations. So, and in fact, actually, we are coming out quicker than we had to. Again, we could have run this, if you ran every brigade in Iraq all the way to the 15-month mark, we would not have had to take one out without replacement until about April, because that's when the first of the surge brigades would hit that mark." 5. Wide side shot of Petraeus speaking 6. Cutaway of press 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) General David Petraeus, Top US Commander in Iraq: "Yes, the surge forces were scheduled to go home between April and mid-July. That is absolutely right. But, you know, again, I could have requested more surge forces. And we certainly could have run it much longer, again, than, as I said, I've requested. There is another (inaudible) coming into the area. I mean, we could have requested that, as well. So I think it's a little bit, I won't say unfair, but it's just inaccurate to say that, you know, all we're doing is letting this thing run out." POOL 11 September 2007 8. Wide shot of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Virginia Senator John Warner questioning Petraeus 9. Mid of Warner questioning Petraeus 10. Mid of Petraeus (UPSOUND: (English) John Warner, Virginia Senator: Does that make America safer?) 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) General David Petraeus, Top US Commander in Iraq: "Sir, I don't know actually. I have not sat down and sorted out in my own mind..." AP Television 12 September 2007 11. Wide shot of Petraeus at microphone 12. SOUNDBITE: (English) General David Petraeus, Top US Commander in Iraq: "I'm not the national security adviser, don't write the national security strategy nor the national military strategy. As I mentioned afterward, however, achieving our national interests in Iraq is very important. And those national interests do, obviously, link to the overall strategy for our country, are an important component in it, and therefore do, yes, make our country safer." 13. Wide shot of Petraeus and Crocker at news conference 14. Cutaway of press 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "Iraq is moving in the right direction and we need to demonstrate some, you know, strategic patience, resolve and commitment because this will be a long process. There are no shortcuts. I said, over the last couple of days, I said it again this morning, there's just no switch to flip that's going to automatically move Iraq overnight into a situation of security and stability. It will be a long, hard grind. Right now, I think that grind is making progress." 16. Wide side shot of Crocker and Petraeus STORYLINE: After two days of sometimes heated testimony on Capitol Hill, the US Ambassador and top commander in Iraq faced more questions on Wednesday, this time from the media. In a news conference at the National Press Club, General David Petraeus and US Ambassador Ryan Crocker reiterated much of what they said to lawmakers, underscoring the need for more time and patience in Iraq. But they also rebutted criticism - from both the press and members of Congress - and attempted to clear up what they called "inaccurate" portrayals of their strategy. Petraeus disputed questions from reporters that his recommendation to withdraw up to 30-thousand troops by next summer was already dictated by military policy, insisting, "we are coming out quicker than we had to." Petraeus said he could have kept every brigade in Iraq all the way to the 15-month mark, but said he was concerned about "the strain and stress that has been placed on our ground forces." And he said it was "inaccurate" to suggest that he's just letting the surge run out. The general also found himself on the defensive regarding his answer to a question posed by Virginia Senator John Warner on Tuesday: Is his strategy in Iraq making America safer? To that, Petraeus responded, "Sir, I don't know, actually." On Wednesday, Petraeus sought to clarify, saying, "I'm not the national security adviser, don't write the national security strategy." But he said, "achieving our national interests in Iraq is very important" and would make the nation safer. Both Petraeus and Crocker following their line of testimony before Congress, underscoring the need for more patience in Iraq, and insisting the ends will justify the means. "There's just no switch to flip that's going to automatically move Iraq overnight into a situation of security and stability. It will be a long, hard grind. Right now, I think that grind is making progress," said Crocker. Petraeus said he didn't know what would happen to US security interests if al-Qaida were able to establish a safe-haven in Iraq. He also warned about Iraq's neighbour, Iran, saying it appears to be trying to create a guerilla organisation in Iraq similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Afghanistan Ambassador
AP-APTN-1830: Afghanistan Ambassador Saturday, 10 December 2011 STORY:Afghanistan Ambassador- REPLAY US envoy says conflict not becoming sectarian war LENGTH: 01:45 FIRST RUN: 1430 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: English/Nat SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 718429 DATELINE: Kabul - 10 Dec 2011 LENGTH: 01:45 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: 1. Wide of US ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker entering press briefing 2. Cutaway of photographer 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan: "I am totally unaware of any Afghan affiliate. I've got to tell you, I personally doubt very much that there is such a thing. I do not see this turning into a sectarian conflict, just looking at the reactions on the part of the Shia leadership, calling for calm, saying we're all Afghans together - Tajiks, Uzbeks, Pashtuns. I mean, everybody was saying this isn't us." 4. Cutaway of reporters 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan: "I'm not in a position to say authoritatively that this was carried out by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. They were a pretty seriously weakened organisation when I was there (in Pakistan), so it could have been a consortium. But I don't think it was a consortium that was put together in this country." 6. Cutaway of reporter taking notes 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan: "In my relatively limited time here virtually every significant attack I'm aware of, where I've got some information, either came out of the tribal areas out of Pakistan or Baluchistan. I don't have any details on this one, but there does indeed seem to be a pattern." 8. Crocker and reporters at end of press briefing STORYLINE: The US ambassador to Afghanistan said on Saturday that he does not think this week's deadly suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine in Kabul will spark a sectarian war between religious groups in the country. In a briefing with reporters at the US Embassy in Kabul, Ryan Crocker also said he believed that the attack was likely to have been planned in Pakistan. "I do not see this turning into a sectarian conflict, just looking at the reactions on the part of the Shia leadership, calling for calm," Crocker said. He said that Tuesday's attack, which killed 56 people and wounded more than 160 others, might have been orchestrated by a consortium of militant groups outside the country. "Virtually every significant attack I'm aware of, where I've got some information, either came out of the tribal areas out of Pakistan or Baluchistan. I don't have any details on this one, but there does indeed seem to be a pattern," he said. Many in Afghanistan blame the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for the attack, which occurred on the last day of Ashoura, a Shiite festival marking the seventh-century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. Crocker, who spent three years as US ambassador to Pakistan, said he could not say authoritatively that the bombing was carried by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He said that the group was weak, and he doubted that the group had any Afghan affiliate. "They were a pretty seriously weakened organisation when I was there (in Pakistan), so it could have been a consortium. But I don't think it was a consortium that was put together in this country," Crocker added. There have been bombings at mosques and other religious sites in Afghanistan before, but this one was different because it was aimed at Shiites gathered to commemorate Ashoura. It was the first major sectarian attack in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime a decade ago. 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SENATE ARMED SERVICES STAKEOUT: SEN.LEVIN PRESS CONFERENCE & PETRAEUS / CROCKER WALK
April 8, 2008 SENATE ARMED SERVICES STAKEOUT: SEN. CARL LEVIN PRESSER & WALKING SHOTS OF PETRAEUS & CROCKER RS23/X86/Slugged: 1510 LEVIN SO X86 (TIME CODES DO NOT MATCH ON LEVIN PORTION ONLY) 14:03:48 Senator Carl Levin walks out 14:04:03 reinforced, will be reinforced.by this ultimate. 14:04:12 45 days begin to make an assessment. The 45 days begins in July that will end in September but that's when eh begins to make the assessment 14:04:32 You've got an open ended pause.it's the wrong message to the Iraqi leaders. It takes the pressure off of them. 14:04:47 Also takes them off the hook in terms of massing this election.. 14:04:56 Secondly, General Petraeus acknowledged that our troops were drawn into a poorly planned Iraqi operation and that the Iraqis ignored their advice that they go slow and that they do the planning more carefully 14:05:18 Next I was disappointed that he would not even give an estimate relative to additional. 14:05:30 He keeps saying it was conditioned based and I asked him what happens if everything goes well? Can you give us some estimate in terms of reductions? 14:05:45 And finally Ambassador Crocker's statement that quote we are no longer involved in the reconstruction business" is utterly incredible 14:06:03 We are very deeply involved in the reconstruction business. 14:06:13 We have about 12 billion dollars in unexpended funds.. 14:06:38 This is going to be a growing issue. It is unconscionable that American taxpayers are paying a fortune for gasoline.building up a huge surplus for Iraq that the Iraqis are not spending. 14:06:59 This is going to be a continuing issue. I will put a chart in the record which will show there's about 12 billion dollars. 14:07:14 I thought it was actually a very very level hearing and that the tone of it was right and I saw a minimal amount of presidential politics. I know there's an understandable focus because Senators McCain and Clinton were here.I hope that's the way it appeared to the public because that's clearly what we intended 14:07:48 It was very calmly presented and very thoughtfully presented Iran 14:08:09 Iran plays it both ways. They both apparently according to Gen Petraeus, his word was arbitrated. They were an arbiter, so they facilitated the end of that particular (DROPPED OFF) **TIME CODES MATCHING** REFEED FROM TOP 15:29:11 Sen. Hillary Clinton walking down hallway, TS 15:29:39 Sen. John Warner walking, TS 15:29:54 Protestor walking with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, TS 15:30:46 Warner & Lieberman talking, TS **15:31:23 Gen. David Petraeus & Ryan Crocker walking, TS 15:31:57 Sen. Levin walks up to mic for remarks
SENATE ARMED SERVICES STAKEOUT: SEN.LEVIN PRESS CONFERENCE & PETRAEUS / CROCKER WALK
April 8, 2008 SENATE ARMED SERVICES STAKEOUT: SEN. CARL LEVIN PRESSER & WALKING SHOTS OF PETRAEUS & CROCKER RS23/X86/Slugged: 1510 LEVIN SO X86 (TIME CODES DO NOT MATCH ON LEVIN PORTION ONLY) 14:03:48 Senator Carl Levin walks out 14:04:03 reinforced, will be reinforced.by this ultimate. 14:04:12 45 days begin to make an assessment. The 45 days begins in July that will end in September but that's when eh begins to make the assessment 14:04:32 You've got an open ended pause.it's the wrong message to the Iraqi leaders. It takes the pressure off of them. 14:04:47 Also takes them off the hook in terms of massing this election.. 14:04:56 Secondly, General Petraeus acknowledged that our troops were drawn into a poorly planned Iraqi operation and that the Iraqis ignored their advice that they go slow and that they do the planning more carefully 14:05:18 Next I was disappointed that he would not even give an estimate relative to additional. 14:05:30 He keeps saying it was conditioned based and I asked him what happens if everything goes well? Can you give us some estimate in terms of reductions? 14:05:45 And finally Ambassador Crocker's statement that quote we are no longer involved in the reconstruction business" is utterly incredible 14:06:03 We are very deeply involved in the reconstruction business. 14:06:13 We have about 12 billion dollars in unexpended funds.. 14:06:38 This is going to be a growing issue. It is unconscionable that American taxpayers are paying a fortune for gasoline.building up a huge surplus for Iraq that the Iraqis are not spending. 14:06:59 This is going to be a continuing issue. I will put a chart in the record which will show there's about 12 billion dollars. 14:07:14 I thought it was actually a very very level hearing and that the tone of it was right and I saw a minimal amount of presidential politics. I know there's an understandable focus because Senators McCain and Clinton were here.I hope that's the way it appeared to the public because that's clearly what we intended 14:07:48 It was very calmly presented and very thoughtfully presented Iran 14:08:09 Iran plays it both ways. They both apparently according to Gen Petraeus, his word was arbitrated. They were an arbiter, so they facilitated the end of that particular (DROPPED OFF) **TIME CODES MATCHING** REFEED FROM TOP 15:29:11 Sen. Hillary Clinton walking down hallway, TS 15:29:39 Sen. John Warner walking, TS 15:29:54 Protestor walking with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, TS 15:30:46 Warner & Lieberman talking, TS **15:31:23 Gen. David Petraeus & Ryan Crocker walking, TS 15:31:57 Sen. Levin walks up to mic for remarks
Iraq Talks 4 - WRAP US-Iran talks on Iraq resume; reax from Tehran; US Amb comment
NAME: IRQ TALKS4 20070724I TAPE: EF07/0882 IN_TIME: 11:10:05:17 DURATION: 00:03:35:01 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/POOL DATELINE: Baghdad/Tehran - 24 July 2007 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST POOL Baghdad, Iraq 1. Wide shot of US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, approaching podium 2. Close-up of emblem 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "We discussed ways forward. One of the issues we discussed was the formation of a security subcommittee, that would address at a expert or technical level, some issues relating to security - be that support to violent militias, al-Qaida, or border security. And we'll be working to try to establish what that kind of committee might look like, what its composition would be, what its level would be." 4. Wide shot of news conference 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "We made the point that agreement on principle is important - the principle that both Iran and the United States support a democratic and stable Iraq. The test and the challenge is applying those principles on the ground. And to that end we expressed concerns, as we have in the past, over Iranian activities in support of violent militia elements through both arming and training. We also discussed the issue of al-Qaida - an enemy against whom both we and Iraqi forces have been extensively engaged over the past number of weeks as the surge reaches its full force. And we noted that al-Qaida is an enemy, really, to all three of us. To the United States, to Iraq, and to Iran." 6. Wide shot of news conference POOL Baghdad, Iraq 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "The fact is, as we made very clear in today's talks, that over the roughly two months since our last meeting we've actually seen militia-related activity that can be attributed to Iranian support go up and not down." 8. Crocker leaving AP Television Tehran, Iran 9. Various shots of traffic 10. People walking 11. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Reza Shafahji, Resident: "(Iran-US talks) will have no harm and will be useful. If we follow these negations diplomatically to obtain goals of Iran's government officials, there will be nothing wrong with it (Iran-US talks)." 12. Wide shot of newsagent 13. Close-up of newspaper headline reading (in English): "Iran US Meeting in Baghdad." 14. Wide of newspapers laid out for sale 15. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Milad, Resident: "Maybe the views and stances of those (Americans) who arrested these Iranians in Iraq is not the same as views of American officials who are holding talks with Iran in Iraq right now, therefore we hope that today's talks will help the release of them." 16. Various shots of people walking STORYLINE At a second meeting with his Iranian counterpart in two months, the US ambassador blasted Tehran on Tuesday for arming and training Shiite militias but agreed to set up a security subcommittee with Iran and Iraq to carry forward work on stabilising the country. "One of the issues we discussed was the formation of a security subcommittee that would address at a expert or technical level some issues relating to security, be that support for violent militias, al-Qaida or border security," US Ambassador Ryan Crocker said after the meeting that included lunch and spanned nearly seven hours. US President George W Bush's administration does not appear to expect much if anything from the talks but seems willing to go forward with them because the high-powered and bipartisan Iraq Study Group, in a report late last year, recommended contacts with both Iran and Syria in a bid to end or ameliorate outside influences in Iraq as part of a plan to end the conflict. For its part, Iran appears to be enjoying the spectacle and prestige of negotiating with world's only superpower after more than a quarter-century freeze in open diplomatic contact. "We discussed ways forward, and one of the issues we discussed was the formation of a security subcommittee that would address at a expert or technical level some issues relating to security, be that support for violent militias, al-Qaida or border security," Crocker said. But he warned progress was impossible until Iran matched its behaviour on the ground with its declarations backing an independent and stable Iraq. "The fact is, as we made very clear in today's talks, that over the roughly two months since our last meeting we've actually seen militia-related activity that could be attributed to Iranian support go up and not down," Crocker said, citing testimony from detainees and confiscated weapons and ammunition as evidence. Some residents in Tehran, meanwhile, reacted positively to the news of the talks. "(Iran-US talks) will have no harm and will be useful," Tehran resident Reza Shafahji told Associated Press Television. For his part, Iranian Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi countered that Tehran was helping Iraq deal with the security situation but Iraqis were "victimised by terror and the presence of foreign forces" on their territory. He said his delegation also demanded the release of five Iranians detained by US forces in Iraq. "Maybe the views and stances of those (Americans) who arrested these Iranians in Iraq is not the same as views of American officials who are holding talks with Iran in Iraq right now, therefore we hope that today's talks will help the release of them," Milad, another Tehran resident said. The United States has said the five were linked to Iran's elite Quds Force, which it has accused of arming and training Iraqi militants. Iran says the five are diplomats who were legally in Iraq.
US Iraq Report 3 - General presents report, says military needs more time in Iraq
NAME: US IRQ REP 3 20070910Ix TAPE: EF07/1074 IN_TIME: 10:01:51:05 DURATION: 00:03:01:05 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/POOL DATELINE: Washington DC - Sep 10 2007 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST AP Television 1. Close-up of General David Petraeus, commander of the US forces in Iraq arriving 2. Close-up of US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker arriving Pool 3. Various of Petraeus and Crocker walking into hearing room Pool 4. Mid shot Petraeus and Crocker taking seat at witness table 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Representative Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the hearing will come to order." Pool 6. Wide back shot of Petraeus and Crocker 7. SOUNDBITE (English) General David Petraeus, Commander of US forces in Iraq: "As a bottom line up front, the military objectives of the surge are, in large measure being met. In recent months, in the face of tough enemies in the brutal summer heat in Iraq, coalition and Iraqi security forces have achieved progress in the security arena. Though the improvements have been uneven across Iraq, the overall number of security incidents in Iraq has declined in eight of the past 12 weeks, with the number of incidents in the last two weeks at the lowest level seen since June 2006." 8. Wide back shot of Petraeus and Crocker during testimony 9. SOUNDBITE (English) General David Petraeus, Commander of US forces in Iraq: "I believe that we will be able to reduce our forces to the pre-surge level of brigade combat teams by next summer without jeopardising the security gains we have fought so hard to achieve." 10. Wide of Petraeus testifying 11. SOUNDBITE (English) General David Petraeus, Commander of US forces in Iraq: "At the outset, I would like to note that this is my testimony, although I have briefed my assessment and recommendations to my chain of command. I wrote this testimony myself. It has not been cleared by nor shared with anyone in the Pentagon, the White House or the Congress until it was just handed out." 12. Close of Chairman Ike Skelton 13. SOUNDBITE (English) General David Petraeus, Commander of US forces in Iraq: "I believe Iraq's problems will require a long-term effort. There are no easy answers or quick solutions. And although we both believe this effort can succeed, it will take time. Our assessments underscore, in fact, the importance of recognising that a premature draw down of our forces would likely have devastating consequences." ++ Part overlaid with audience listening++ 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq: "It is no exaggeration to say that Iraq is, and will remain for some time to come a traumatised society." ++ Part overlaid with audience listening++ 15. Wide of anti-war protestors heckling during hearing, and being escorted out by security STORYLINE The commander of US forces in Iraq told Congress on Monday he envisions the withdrawal of roughly 30 thousand US combat troops from the country by the middle of 2008. In a long-awaited testimony, General David Petraeus said the troop build-up over recent months had met its military objectives "in large measure." As a result, he told a congressional hearing and a US television audience, "I believe that we will be able to reduce our forces to the pre-surge level of brigade combat teams by next summer without jeopardising the security gains we have fought so hard to achieve". Petraeus' high-profile appearance at an unusual joint hearing of two congressional committees, was seen as a crucial moment as the United States looks to the future of its troubled involvement in Iraq. Petraeus is widely admired by Democrats and Republicans alike and the White House has looked to him to give a boost to Iraq policies at a time that President George W. Bush's popularity is sagging, mostly because of his handling of the war. It also comes as Iraq has been a focal point of the November 2008 elections, with Democrats hoping to use opposition to the war to win control of the White House and expand their majorities in both chambers of Congress. Democrats generally favour more, and faster troop withdrawals. So far, Republicans have been generally willing to stick with Bush, who has argued insistently against a withdrawal deadline, even though Bush's handling of the war has become increasingly unpopular with Americans. Petraeus said he had already provided his views to the military chain of command. Rebutting charges that he was merely doing the White House's bidding, he said firmly, "I wrote this testimony myself. It has not been cleared by nor shared with anyone in the Pentagon, the White House or the Congress". Petraeus said that a unit of about 2,000 Marines will depart Iraq later this month, beginning a draw down that would be followed in mid-December with the departure of an Army brigade numbering 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers. After that, another four brigades would be withdrawn by July 2008, he said. That would leave the United States with about 130 thousand troops in Iraq, roughly the number before Bush decided to dispatch additional forces. Petraeus said a decision about further reductions would be made next March. Using charts and graphs to illustrate his points, Petraeus conceded that the military gains have been uneven in the months since Bush ordered an additional 30,000 troops to the war earlier this year. Petraeus was one of two witnesses - Ambassador Ryan Crocker was the other. In his testimony Crocker referred to Iraq as "a traumatised society". The hearing was punctuated by numerous protests by anti-war demonstrators in the audience who were immediately removed from the hearing room by security.
Iraq Gates - US defence secretary in surprise visit to Baghdad
NAME: IRAQ GATES 20080210I TAPE: EF08/0163 IN_TIME: 10:12:45:07 DURATION: 00:01:43:03 SOURCES: US POOL DATELINE: Baghdad - 10 Feb 2008 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: ++AUDIO AS INCOMING++ 1. Wide pan of reception with various US and Iraqi officials including US Commander General David Petraeus, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, US Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki 2. Mid of Gates sitting at official dinner, zoom out and pan to Petraeus and al-Maliki seated on other side of table, pan back to Gates 3. Petraeus and al-Maliki at dinner 4. Petraeus and Gates leaving dinner 5. Gates standing with officials next to plane, Gates boarding plane (++MUTE++) STORYLINE: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday and said Iraq's political leaders faced hard choices on how to stabilise the country. Gates arrived after dark at Baghdad International Airport aboard an Air Force C-17 cargo plane. He flew by helicopter to a private dinner with government officials, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and the top US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, as well as US Ambassador Ryan Crocker. It was Gates' first visit this year and possibly his last before Petraeus and Crocker return to Washington in April to recommend to US President George W. Bush whether to continue reducing US troop levels after Petraeus' current drawdown plan is completed in July. By then, four brigades are to have gone home, leaving 15. The trickier question is whether Petraeus will tell Bush that security conditions in Baghdad and elsewhere have improved enough to permit even more troop cuts without risking a deterioration in security. Petraeus' strategy is based on an expectation that improved security over time will give Iraqi political leaders an impetus to make compromises on legislation and other moves towards reconciliation. During his visit, Gates planned to see troops on Monday at a US base in the capital and pin a medal on Lieutenant General Ray Odierno. The No. 2 US commander, Odierno is departing after 15 months in charge of the headquarters that carries out Petraeus' strategy on a day-to-day basis.
Iraq Talks 2 - US and Iran officials hold talks in Iraqi capital
NAME: IRQ TALKS 2 20070724I TAPE: EF07/0881 IN_TIME: 11:05:34:08 DURATION: 00:01:19:15 SOURCES: AL IRAQIYA TV DATELINE: Baghdad - 24 July 2007 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST 1. Pull out from Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister to wide of delegates 2. Pan of delegates at meeting 3. Various of meeting 4. Pull out from Iranian flag to delegates 5. Pull out from US flag to delegates 6. Pull out from Iraqi flag to delegates 7. Mid of delegates 8. Pull out from Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq to wide of US delegation STORYLINE: The US and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq sat down together on Tuesday for their second round of talks in nearly two months. They are seeking ways to use their influence to bring stability to Iraq despite rising tensions over Washington's allegations that Tehran is fuelling the violence in the country and disputes over detainees. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened the meeting with a statement welcoming the delegates at his headquarters in the heavily fortified Green Zone. The meeting was closed to the press, but footage released by the Iraqi leader's office showed the participants sitting at three long tables for each delegation linked in triangular fashion and covered with white cloths. Al-Maliki was joined by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, while the US delegation was headed by Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the Iranians by Ambassador Hasan Kazemi Qomi. The detention of four American-Iranians in Iran has deepened tensions between Washington and Tehran. Relations between the two countries were already strained over Iran's controversial nuclear programme and its support for radical militant groups like Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas and by US military manoeuvres in the Persian Gulf.
Status of Iraq War Hearing SWITCHED 1800 - 1900
Joint hearings of the House Armed Services and House Foreign Affairs committee with General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Switched Camera. Amb Crocker 18:05:00 what kind of state is ultimately going to emerge in Iraq, sunnis still focused on strong central authority, shia and kurds say decentralized federalism, that is part of the challenge, Iraqis will have to work thru this, maybe federalism is the way this country needs to go, it is going to take time, patience, commitment, no easy quick answers that will cause politics to come together, things we've seen in last 6 mos do hold out cause for hope, their resolve and our backing to make that happen 18:08:49 we are engaged in this process, spend a lot of time working with politicians, twist arms to help them get done w their objectives, with respect to the point on using troops as leverage to say we're going to start backing out regardless, have to be careful w that bc if notion takes hold among Iraqis that we intend to withdrawal pushes them in wrong direction, climate where less likely to compromise, what comes next will be a giant street fight What other leverage do we have? Aid? Used in other scenarios? 18:10:56 political dynamic pretty special, N. Ireland intl cmsn, clearly we do have leverage, 160 k troops lot of leverage, obligation to tell them use space to move forward Gen Petraeus 1249 more likely to attack Iraqi forces, locals invested in security, have incentive, fight and die for their neighborhood, substantial no of attacks on these forces Smith Iraq dividing along sectarian lines, surging forward, ethnic cleansing going on, underscores difficulty of reaching agreement, deep divison, fantasy of unity govt in iraq 18:15:00 since this ethnic cleansing is going on Gen Petraeus 18:15:35 we are focused on sectarian violence, eats at fabric of Iraqi society, does not stop until it is stopped, we want to have it stop sustainable security Cross talk Baghdad is a mixed province What is the pol solution we are moving toward, in july 2007 same no as jan 18:20:07, what is political solution working toward Crocker 18:18:39 abruptly changing course now, nasty humanitarian consequences, Iraq is a federal state, encouraging all communities ready to talk about translating federalism, tremendous amt of unfinished business, reasons to believe that iraq can stabilize.. going to take a lot of work and time ? 18:20:50 american ppl fed up, how long can we put up w stay the course, young Americans dying in someone else's civil war, Iraqis will not step up until we step out, open ended commitment, is this the best way to keep US safe? keep hearing rosy pictures about Iraq, op ed piece you wrote 3 years ago. why should we believe your assessment today is any more accurate than it was 3 yrs ago, optimism is great, but reality is what we need Gen Petraeus 18:24L22 stand by it, Iraqis are dying in combat taking losses 3 times ours in an avr mo. Stepping up to the plate, on track moving along, tore the fabric at large. tried to provide accurate picture, I'm a realist, we have learned lessons the hard way, damage done by sectarian violence. Sanchez Will we be saying the same thing 3 years from now? Sanchez 18:39:17 how concerned are u decline in public confidence? Amb Crocker 18:39:41 havent seen this particular poll, polling in Iraq inexact science Skelton 18:43:59 adjourned