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Syria / Civil War #1026639

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) A bombing in Damascus that killed 3 of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad’s security chiefs, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha†, Assad’s brother-in-law and former head of military intelligence Assef Shawkat†, and former Defense Minister Hassan Turkmani†, reported. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(London: Elizabeth Palmer) The blow to the Syrian regime with the bombing by the Free Syrian Army reviewed; scenes shown of celebrations, fighting in the streets of Damascus; map shown; details given about the blaming of Arab and Western governments. The uncertainty about Assad’s whereabouts discussed.

(Studio: Scott Pelley; Turkey: Clarissa Ward) The reaction to the bombing discussed.

(On the Turkey-Syria border: Clarissa Ward) The Free Syrian Army that started out as a group of soldiers who refused to fire on civilians featured; details given about how they got their weapons. The lack of a centralized chain of command among the rebel groups discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
Palmer, Elizabeth;
Ward, Clarissa

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