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Syria / Civil War / Putin / Morell Interview #1065714

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Syria’s announcement it will sign a treaty banning chemical weapons and Secretary of State John Kerry’s negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov†† noted.

(Geneva, Switzerland: Margaret Brennan) Kerry’s reaction to Syria’s agreement to give an inventory of their chemical weapons and Russia’s position on the threat of a US military strike featured. [KERRY – says it has to be real...]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(White House: Major Garrett) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed piece in the "New York Times,” in which he denied the Syrian regime ordered the poison gas attack in Damascus, criticized US military actions in foreign countries and attacked President Obama’s assertion that the US is obligated to fight chemical weapons use, reviewed; his remarks quoted. [OBAMA – says he believes we should act.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Studio: John Miller) The “60 Minutes” interview with former deputy CIA director Mike Morell† about the crisis in Syria reviewed. [MORELL – warns about Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria and how moderate opposition fighters are joining them; says the best outcome for the civil war is a negotiated settlement; says support has to be provided to the opposition to put pressure on Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and bring him to the negotiating table.] The risk in supporting the rebels when many of them are associated with terrorists discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
Brennan, Margaret;
Garrett, Major;
Miller, John

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