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Iraq / Helicopter Downing / Sunni Triangle / Hammer Interview #741034

CNN Evening News for Monday, Nov 03, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The tragic days in Iraq with the downing of an American helicopter that was moving troops featured; animated diagram of the attack on two copters shown. [President BUSH - says we will not be intimidated.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says this is the first missile causing casualties.] [ANALYST - says it takes training to use the missiles.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The death of another soldier near Tikrit noted.

(Baghdad: Jane Arraf) The opposition in the Sunni triangle of Iraq to the American presence featured; scenes shown from Fallujah of townspeople cheering US blood; details given of one man's criticism of the US & the anger against the occupation. How the people of Fallujah hate both Saddam Hussein & the Americans discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Fort Sill: Ed Lavandera) The mourning at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, for pilot Lt. Brian Slavenas†† & others, who died in the copter crash, featured; some victims' names listed on screen. [Father & brother Ronald & Marcus SLAVENAS††, Ft. Sill OFFICIAL - react to the news.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Congressional passage of the billions requested by the president for aid in Iraq & Afghanistan noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Newsweek" Jerusalem bureau chief Joshua Hammer about Iraq. [From Baghdad, HAMMER - outlines how the insurgency has changed in Iraq with the guerrillas moving to killing soldiers via missiles; states the problem for the military is that intelligence-gathering tactics alienate the Iraqi people; comments on the slow pace of the "Vietnamization" of Iraq & the lack of funds for training Iraqis; talks about the "clear rejoicing" by Iraqis at the death of Americans.]

Brown, Aaron;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Arraf, Jane;
Lavandera, Ed

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