via press release:
SPECIAL REPORT, "AFGHANISTAN: THE ROAD AHEAD," WILL BEGIN AIRING
ON "THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC" THURSDAY, AUG. 19
In-depth report from Kabul, Afghanistan, Includes Couric's Exclusive Battlefield Tour with General Petraeus; Terry McCarthy Embedded with a U.S. Marines Unit of Bomb Disposal Experts; and Mandy Clark's Interview with the "King of Kandahar," brother of Afghanistan President Karzai
As General David Petraeus settles in as the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces, the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC will take an in-depth look at the obstacles the United States faces in Afghanistan. As part of a special report, "Aghanistan: The Road Ahead," Katie Couric will anchor THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC from Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Aug. 19, and Friday, Aug. 20.
President Obama is counting on Petraeus to turn the tide in Afghanistan, while sticking to a plan to begin withdrawing U.S. forces in less than a year. In addition to Couric's sit-down interview with Petraeus, she will travel with the General, including visiting battlefields, and talking with Afghan civilians.
The special report also includes a piece from CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy, who spent time embedded with a U.S. Marines team of bomb disposal experts in Southern Afghanistan. McCarthy's report contains powerful, gritty footage of the unit on the job in the former Taliban stronghold of Safar Bazaar, including the day they were involved in an explosion.
CBS News Correspondent Mandy Clark tackles the challenge of corruption in an interview with the so-called "King of Kandahar," Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. Over the years, the President's brother has been accused of doing business with the CIA, the Taliban and the drug lords.
"Afghanistan: The Road Ahead" will be broadcast beginning Thursday, August 19 on THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC (6:30-7:00 PM, ET). All related coverage can be found online at www.cbsnews.com/theroadahead.