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A delicate turning point on war fronts

Good day. A quick note about tonight's broadcast. We'll have a report from the World Trade Center site here in New York where demonstrators on both sides of the Islamic Center controversy met today.

The end of U.S. combat operation has not meant an end to American casualties there as we painfully learned today. With more U.S. combat deaths reported in Afghanistan as well, NBC's Tom Aspell reports on the delicate and critical turning point the U.S. is navigating on both war fronts.

I'm also looking forward to sharing with you some of my interview with 3 American combat veterans from 3 different wars who lost their legs to battle. They have pulled off a pretty remarkable feat atop Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro that sends a strong message to the rest of us about courage and determination.

I hope you'll join me for the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News.