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Iraq / Shiites / Captures / Speicher / Looting / The Disappeared #726856

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(White House: John Roberts) The White House concerns that the US vision of a democratic Iraqi government could be undercut by the newly empowered Shiite Muslim majority and that Iranian mullahs are gaining power in Iraq featured; coalition ground forces commander Gen. David McKiernan’s warning that the coalition retains authority quoted. [Middle East analyst Jonathan SCHANZER†- says radical Islamic groups are expressing themselves for the first time in many years.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says we have made it clear to Iran that we oppose outside interference in Iraq.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The capture of more Iraqi leaders, including air defense commander Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti† and director of military intelligence Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib†, reported.

(Pentagon: David Martin) A possible new clue to the fate of Michael Scott Speicher†, a Navy pilot shot down in the first Gulf War, featured; details given about the search of an Iraqi prison where the initials “M.S.S.” were found scratched on a wall.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) The US Customs Service’s tough stance on anyone who tries to smuggle looted goods out of Iraq featured; details given about criminal charges against a Fox television technician for smuggling paintings from a residence of Uday Hussein and about an investigation of three soldiers suspected of stealing cash from a stash of money found by US troops; Central Command directive on war booty quoted; scenes shown of stolen items shipped by a US serviceman to Fort Stewart, Georgia. [Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary Gordon ENGLAND†- calls the thefts “simply wrong.”]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Lee Cowan) Iraqis’ search for evidence of relatives who disappeared under Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s regime featured; details given about a cemetery caretaker who documented the burials of thousands of victims; scenes shown of people grieving at the cemetery. [Iraqi WOMAN {thru translator} – says her brother disappeared in 1992.] [Cemetery CARETAKER {thru translator} – talks about the secret records he kept.]

Rather, Dan;
Roberts, John;
Martin, David;
Stewart, Jim;
Cowan, Lee

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