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Iraq / Weapons Search / New Government / May, Awad Interview #727397

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Apr 27, 2003
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Near Tikrit, Iraq: Nic Robertson) The discovery and field testing of barrels which may contain chemical weapons featured; characteristics of the nerve agent cyclosarin outlined on screen; scenes shown of teams in protective gear investigating the site at Baiji, Iraq.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Suspicions that Iran is influencing Iraqi Shiite Muslims to push for the formation of an Iranian-style Islamic state noted. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says the US & coalition will not allow neighboring forces to influence the outcomes in Iraq.] Live interview held with Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Clifford May† and Council of American-Islamic Relations Nihad Awad† about how the US can bring democracy to Iraq and prevent the formation of an undemocratic government. [MAY – says we do not know what most Shiites want; states the new government must account for rights of Kurds and Sunnis.] [AWAD – says democracy & Islam are compatible; states the new government is not up to neighboring countries or the US government; says it is not appropriate for clerics to be grabbing power but they must be elected by free elections.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The homecoming in south Texas of former POW Spc. Edgar Hernandez† shown.

Cooper, Anderson;
Robertson, Nic

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