CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004
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(Bedford: Dan Rather) The deaths of more American soldiers in roadside bombings in Iskandariyah and Khaldiyah, Iraq, reported.
(Baghdad: Allen Pizzey) The U.N.’s announcement that it will send a team to Iraq to assist with the transfer of power featured; details given of pressure on the U.N. from Iraq’s Shiite Muslims to agree that elections are possible; scenes shown from the attack site in Khaldiyah and from Baghdad, where a car bomb was diffused outside coalition headquarters. [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – says we can have a legitimate & acceptable process.] [Middle East analyst Josh MANDEL- comments on the attack last August that drove the U.N. out of Iraq.] [1st Armored Division Brig. Gen. Martin DEMPSEY- comments on the challenge of holding elections.]
(Bedford: Dan Rather) An attack on reporters, in which 2 Iraqi employees of CNN were killed near Baghdad, noted.
(White House: John Roberts) The White House reaction to former Iraq weapons inspector David Kay’s conclusions about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which undermine President Bush’s justification for the war, featured; details given about Kay’s blaming of intelligence failures. [BUSH – comments on his belief that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a “grave & gathering danger.”] [In March, 2003, BUSH – says the Iraqi regime continues to possess & conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.] [Senator Carl LEVIN – calls for a comprehensive investigation.] Vice President Dick Cheney’s claims that Iraq had mobile weapons labs noted.