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Iraq / Najaf Attack / Security / Dickey Interview #736561

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Aug 24, 2003
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(Studio: Andrea Koppel) Report introduced.

(Najaf, Iraq: Ben Wedeman) A bomb attack at the home of a prominent Shiite leader in Najaf, Iraq, which may have been the work of a Sunni group trying to instill chaos in the Shiite community, featured; scenes shown.

(Studio: Andrea Koppel) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: Suzanne Malveaux) The division within the administration over how and to what extent the US should continue to lead efforts to secure Iraq examined; scenes shown of a demonstration in Crawford, Texas, in protest of US involvement in Iraq. [Senator John McCAIN, Senator Joseph BIDEN†– criticize the administration’s handling of Iraq.] [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER – says this is already an international operation.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- says there are 2 multinational divisions there now.] [Former Assistant Secretary of State James RUBIN†- says we need to show the other countries some respect.]

(Studio: Andrea Koppel) Live interview held with “Newsweek” magazine’s Christopher Dickey† about the US role in Iraq & the Middle East. [DICKEY – says the American military doesn’t want to be under anyone else’s command; states we need big forces of professional soldiers from other countries in Iraq; comments on the possibility of a U.N. multinational force; talks about the possibility of sending US forces to separate the Israelis & Palestinians; says the US will have to lean hard on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.]

Koppel, Andrea;
Wedeman, Ben;
Malveaux, Suzanne

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