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Iraq / Ambush / Bush’s Secret Visit / Pilgrimage / Ragan Interview #743002

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Nov 29, 2003
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(Studio: Martin Savidge) US casualties in Iraq cited; the death of 2 Japanese diplomats near Tikrit reported.

(Baghdad: Walter Rodgers) The ambush in Iraq in which 7 intelligence officers from Spain were killed featured. [“Washington Post” Rajiv CHANDRASEKARAN†- describes the violent killings by Fedayeen fighters.]

(Studio: Martin Savidge) Statement from US military commander in Iraq Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez about Al Qaeda’s role in attacks against coalition forces, and the visit to Iraq by Senators Hillary Clinton and Jack Reed noted; scenes shown.

(Crawford, Texas: Dana Bash) The experience for reporters who accompanied President Bush on his secret Thanksgiving trip to Iraq featured; photos shown. [“Washington Post” Mike ALLEN†, AFP photographer Tim SLOAN†, other CORRESPONDENTS – comment on their journey to Baghdad.]

(Studio: Martin Savidge) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Miguel Marquez) The pilgrimage to Iraq for ten military families who are trying to better understand the reasons behind the war and forge a bond with Iraqis featured. [Soldier’s father Fernando SUAREZ del SOLAR†- talks about the death of his son, Jesus Suarez del Solar†; expresses his view on the war.] [Grandmother Beatriz SUAREZ de SOLAR† {thru translator} – says she doesn’t want her son to go to Iraq.]

(Studio: Martin Savidge) Live interview held with military psychologist Paul Ragan† about the impact on troop morale of Bush’s Thanksgiving visit. [RAGAN – says the trip was probably intended more for the audience back home; states the impact on morale was probably fleeting; comments on the morale of families at home; talks about the impact of being on active duty during holidays.]

Savidge, Martin;
Rodgers, Walter;
Bash, Dana;
Marquez, Miguel

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