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Iraq War / Mosque Car Bombing / Civil War #736691

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 29, 2003
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: David Hawkins) The car bomb explosion at a mosque in Najaf, killing Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim††, featured; details given about the rivalry among Shiites over the US presence in Iraq; scenes shown of wounded people amid the chaos & rubble. [Iraq governing council Ahmad CHALABI†- speculates on who might be responsible for the bombing.]

(Studio: John Roberts) President Bush’s reaction to the bombing noted.

(Baghdad: Kimberly Dozier) Concern that the bombing could ignite a sectarian civil war between Shiite & Sunni Muslims featured; details given about al-Hakim’s support of a US-established democracy. [Asia-Pacific Foundation M.J. GOHEL†- comments on Sunni-dominated foreign Islamic fighters who wish to prove that the American presence cannot provide security.]

(Studio: John Roberts) U.N. announcement that it is pulling out non-essential staff and more US casualties in Iraq noted; CBS News poll results on Iraq and Bush cited.

Roberts, John;
Hawkins, David;
Dozier, Kimberly

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