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Iraq / Fighting / Reassessment / Orr Interview #741775

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Nov 13, 2003
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Matthew Chance) A night on patrol with Operation Iron Hammer against Iraqi insurgents reviewed; night military scenes shown.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) The shift of US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid from the US to Qatar noted.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The US operation in Iraq featured; night military scenes shown. [ABIZAID - says the thugs will be defeated; calls Saddam Hussein an incompetent military leader.] [Retired Air Force Col. Sam GARDINER†- questions the crackdown.]

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) The strategy for nation building in Iraq updated; details given about the political importance of setting up an interim government & removing some US troops before next year's election. [President BUSH - says US administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer will develop a strategy.] [National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE†- says it's a matter of recognizing Iraqis want more responsibility.] Announcement by Japan that it will not send troops at this time noted. Bush's mission to Britain to talk about the status of Iraq discussed.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live interview held with former National Security Council/Harvard University professor Robert Orr about the reassessment in Iraq. [From Boston, ORR - says Operation Iron Hammer makes sense, but a political strategy is needed to keep pace with the military strategy; states the timetable for turning things over to Iraqis needs to be accelerated; calls Abizaid's move to Qatar a good sign; outlines what can go wrong in Operation Iron Hammer; says it would be good to get NATO & the U.N. more involved because we need a lot of policing.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Chance, Matthew;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Malveaux, Suzanne

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