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Middle East / Israelis vs. Palestinians / Yassin Assassination / Iraqi Reaction / US Threat #751042

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 23, 2004
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(Studio: John Roberts) Demonstrations across the Muslim world denouncing Israel and the US for yesterday’s Israeli assassination of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin noted; scenes shown from Karachi, Pakistan; Tripoli, Libya, and Sidon, Lebanon.

(Abu Ghraib & Baghdad, Iraq: Kimberly Dozier) Anger in Iraq over Yassin’s death featured; scenes shown of demonstrations and the site of a drive-by shooting where Iraqi policemen were killed; details given about Operation Iron Promise, a US military action targeting extremist groups modeled after Hamas. [US SOLDIER – comments on the discovery during a raid of an abundance of soap, which is used to make bombs.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Warnings for American embassy workers in Arab countries to be cautious in the wake of Yassin’s assassination noted.

(Tel Aviv: David Hawkins) The possibility of an increased threat to the US if Israel carries out more targeted killings examined; scenes shown from the funeral procession; details given about Israel’s plan to wipe out Hamas leaders. [Hamas leader Abdel Aziz RANTISI†- says we will not surrender.] [Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe YAALON†- states Hamas’ motivation may be strengthened in the short run by Yassin’s death.] [Washington Institute for Near East Policy Matthew LEVITT†- says Israel’s plan could backfire.]

Roberts, John;
Dozier, Kimberly;
Hawkins, David

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