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Syria / US Raid / ISIS Leader / Kirby, Warrick Interviews #1353563

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 03, 2022
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Oren Lieberman) The US special forces raid in Syria that killed top ISIS leader Haji Abdallah when he blew up himself & his family featured; scenes shown of the blown-up house & a US helicopter that was detonated; details given about Abdallah's background. [President BIDEN - says this sent a strong message to terrorists around the world; outlines Haji's crime.] [CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth McKENZIE@- cements on the raid.] The discrepancies about the casualty count noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby about the raid. [KIRBY - offers views on the planning for this raid, on the capabilities of ISIS, now degraded, how this was a blow to ISIS, but there will be another leader, on watching for ISIS threats, on the intelligence about Russia & Ukraine about a propaganda video, how Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasing his options by building up troops, Putin's troops in Belarus.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS" author Joby Warrick@ about ISIS. [WARRICK - offers views on ISIS getting a foothold in Syria & the leader is killed: how Abdallah was an "invisible man" who barely left his house like Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden% did in his final days.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Lieberman, Oren

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