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Iraq / Saddam's Capture / Interrogation / Risen Interview / Tikrit / Debt Relief #744120

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Barbara Starr) The reaction to the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein featured; scenes shown of a gun battle at a pro-Saddam rally in Ramadi, a burning train in Fallujah & an anti-Saddam rally in Baghdad. [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- comments on pro-Saddam elements.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says CIA director George Tenet will "regulate" the interrogations; comments on the "physical proof" of showing video of Saddam.] The question of whether Saddam will be interrogated for years discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "New York Times" James Risen† about the interrogation of Saddam. [RISEN - explains why Saddam was turned over to the CIA rather than other government agencies; comments on much information is being gotten from Saddam & about how he will be handled.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Tikrit: Nic Robertson) The results of the raid in Samarra that netted a Fedayeen finance leader, 73 men & armaments, an attack in Tikrit & the search for Saddam supporters reviewed; scenes shown from Tikrit & Ad Dawr of anti-American rallies, of the reaction of Iraqis in Tikrit to Saddam's capture & the American military's show of force. [On parol, Army S/Sgt. Filbert LOPEZ†- comments on the soldier's role.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Former Secretary of State James Baker's meetings with French President Jacques Chirac & Germany's prime minister about debt relief for Iraq shown.

Brown, Aaron;
Starr, Barbara;
Robertson, Nic

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