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Iraq / Crisis #1123528

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) The crisis in Iraq with militants seizing territory introduced.

(Erbil, Iraq: Holly Williams) The battle for Iraq featured; scenes shown of people evacuating, Iraqi soldiers deserting, and an air strike by the Iraqi government; details given about dissatisfaction with the government due to religious differences.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The war between the Sunni & Shiite branches of Islam noted.

(Damascus: Elizabeth Palmer) The growth of the Sunni-led ISIS into a powerful, brutal fighting group examined; details given about their vow to sweep through Iraq and take Baghdad and about how Al Qaeda in Iraq evolved into ISIS after the outbreak of the civil war in Syria; photo shown of leader Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi††.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Map shown of ISIS-held areas in Syria and Iraq, including cities once held by the US.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The evacuation of Americans from Balad Air Base in Iraq featured.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(White House: Major Garrett) The response from the White House featured. [President OBAMA – says we have a stake in making sure these jihadists are not making a permanent foothold in Iraq or Syria.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Speaker of the House John Boehner’s remarks on the crisis noted. [BOEHNER – says we should provide equipment and technical assistance; says the president is taking a nap.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Live discussion held with CBS contributor Mike Morell†† about the ISIS advance. [MORELL – says he doubts this Al Qaeda army will take Baghdad; describes the stakes for the US; says it’s a shame to see the stability erode.]

Pelley, Scott;
Williams, Holly;
Palmer, Elizabeth;
Martin, David;
Garrett, Major

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