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Iraq / Shiite Opposition / Al-Sadr / Clark Interview #752013

CNN Evening News for Monday, Apr 05, 2004
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The jockeying for power in Iraq introduced.

(Baghdad: Walter Rodgers) The turmoil in Iraq by the Shiite militia led by the anti-American instigator Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr, who has promised an intifada, featured; scenes shown of a burning armored vehicle in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad & from Fallujah, where four American civilians were killed last week. [Coalition military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT†- outlines how al-Sadr will be treated like any criminal.] [1st Armored Div. commander Brig. Gen. Martin DEMPSEY†- worries about the challenge.] Today's announcement of the arrest warrant for al-Sadr because of the weekend violence by this illegal militia discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) Report that the contingency option of more troops may be needed in Iraq featured; details given of the massive troop rotation that is going on & of the US view that al-Sadr is a minor cleric on a power grab; scenes shown from the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah. The strategy for capturing al-Sadr discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(New Orleans; John King) The pressure on the White House to change the timetable for turning over political power in Iraq due to the current violence reviewed. [President BUSH - says we will stay the course for a free Iraq; challenges the "thugs & terrorists."] The criticism of Bush's Iraq policy by presidential candidate Senator John Kerry & Senator Edward Kennedy noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live in-studio interview held with former presidential contender retired Gen. Wesley Clark about Iraq. [CLARK - talks about the building risk of civil war because the US presence has released fractionating forces that had been suppressed by President Saddam Hussein; states you can lose it militarily; suggests how to deal with all the contending parties in Iraq because there is no winning military strategy; suggests the administration cannot create a broader political strategy beyond supporting Ahmed Chalabi.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Rodgers, Walter;
McIntyre, Jamie

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