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Syria / Civil War #1064955

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 05, 2013
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) The crisis in Syria introduced; video claimed to be of rebels about to execute Syrian government soldiers shown.

(Antakya, Turkey: Clarissa Ward) A visit with the Free Syrian Army rebel group featured; scenes shown of a warehouse filled with body armor, helmets & rations shipped from the US and another warehouse with a scarce supply of ammunition; details given about US reluctance to send weapons out of fear they would end up with extremist groups. [Free Syrian Army Col. Adnan KHOTOBA‡ {through reporter's translation} – says we haven’t received a single bullet from America; says we hope the US will strike the regime.] The radical Islamist rebels that the US considers terrorists discussed.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Damascus: Elizabeth Palmer) Syrian President Bashir al-Assad’s regime’s view of the rebels examined; details given about efforts to convince the world the rebels are Al Qaeda-linked terrorists; scenes shown of 3 prisoners who claimed their units were taken over by Islamic fundamentalists who made them commit atrocities, a shooting, truck drivers about to be executed. [Syrian American businessman Khaled MAHJOUB††- comments.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) President Obama’s push for support for an air strike against Assad’s regime in retaliation for the nerve gas attack against civilians noted; scenes shown of Obama shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia.

(Capitol: Nancy Cordes) The views of Senator Dianne Feinstein on US involvement in Syria featured. [FEINSTEIN – says she is very constituent-oriented and what’s coming in is overwhelmingly negative.] The impact of the feedback from constituents discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
Ward, Clarissa;
Palmer, Elizabeth;
Cordes, Nancy

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