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Iraq / Shiite Opposition / Al-Sadr / Fallujah #751998

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 05, 2004
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A series of demonstrations in five Iraqi cities incited by Shiite holy man Muqtada al-Sadr introduced; map shown.

(Baghdad: John Berman) The turmoil in Iraq featured; scenes shown of a burning armored vehicle in Baghdad & from unrest in Basra, Najaf & Sadr City in Baghdad; details given of the US arrest warrant for al-Sadr. [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER - says al-Sadr is trying to establish his own authority.] [Sarah Lawrence College professor Fawaz GERGES†- says if Shiite elements join the Sunni insurgency....]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The complications behind the US plan for action against al-Sadr examined. [Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan SENOR†- comments.] [Council on Foreign Relations retired Maj. Gen. William NASH†, ABC News military analyst Tony CORDESMAN†- outline the difficulties in seizing al-Sadr.] The status of US troop rotations in Iraq amidst this period of instability & the coming pilgrimage to Najaf reviewed.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(London: Jim Sciutto) Al-Sadr profiled; details given about the role of his father, who was assassinated by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 1999 & about his call for violent resistance to the US & an Islamic state. [University of Michigan historian Juan COLE†- says the US does not have the troops to control a Shiite insurgency.] [Mideast analyst Laura SANDYS†- assesses al-Sadr's appeal.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The US campaign to hunt down those who killed four American civilians in Fallujah reported & discussed; video of the attack shown.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; White House: Terry Moran) The pressure on President Bush to move back the deadline for turning the transfer of political power over to Iraq on June 30 discussed.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Bush's North Carolina meeting with the family of Christopher Hill‡, who died in Iraq on March 11, reported.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Berman, John;
Raddatz, Martha;
Sciutto, Jim;
Moran, Terry

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