CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Elizabeth Palmer) The coordinated suicide bombings aimed at Shiite Muslims in Karbala and Baghdad, Iraq, during holy day activities featured; scenes shown of worshipers fleeing as bombs explode, injured people and angry Iraqis, who blame the US; details given of the admission by Al Qaeda and other radical groups of their plan to provoke ethnic violence. [Deputy Chief of Operations Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT- comments on signs that the bombings were the work of a transnational organization.] Similar attacks against Shiites in Quetta, Pakistan, noted; scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The view of Iran’s Shiite government that Sunni radicals of Al Qaeda are to blame for the attacks in Iraq noted.
(London: Richard Roth) The growing belief that a local group is encouraging jihad in Iraq to incite civil war between Sunnis & Shiites examined; scenes shown from a video recruiting men for suicide missions. [Iraqi terrorism expert Jonathan SCHANZER- comments on the difficulty in finding an Iraqi-based group.] [Iraq expert Mustafa ALANI- notes the similar goals of a homegrown movement & Al Qaeda.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) U.N. report stating the belief that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction for a decade noted.