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Iraq / Uprising / Troop Strength / The Homefront #752558

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The day of intense fighting in Iraq reviewed; map shown of towns where battles between coalition forces and insurgents are raging.

(Baghdad: Kimberly Dozier) The renewed battle for the control of Iraq featured; scenes shown of street fighting; details given of the guerrilla war between Marines and Sunni insurgents in Ramadi & Fallujah, where the US called an air strike on two mosque compounds, and of battles against the Shiite followers of radical Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr, which call themselves the Mahdi Army††. [In Fallujah, voice of Associated Press reporter Lourdes NAVARRO†- says women & children are being used as “spotters.”] [Deputy chief of operations Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT†- says we will attack to destroy the Mahdi Army.] [1st Cavalry Division Col. Abe ABRAMS†- speculates on the consequences of capturing al-Sadr.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The grueling fighting around Ramadi, where it is believed that some of the resistance is coming from foreign fighters and that anti-American Shiites have joined with Sunni Muslim forces, noted; scenes shown.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) The assessment of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard Myers† of the strength of the enemy in Iraq examined; details given of the possibility that the Pentagon will keep US troops in combat beyond their tour. [MYERS – says it is not a popular uprising supported by the majority of Iraqis.] [RUMSFELD – says there is nothing like a major army trying to change the situation; comments on the possibility that the tour of some troops may be extended.] [US Institute of Peace Amatzia BARAM†- comments on increasing public support for the radicals.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) US, coalition & Iraqi casualty figures cited.

(White House: Bill Plante) The politically sensitive, ongoing debate over troop strength featured. [MYERS – states that what the combat commander on the ground needs, he’ll get.] [In February, 2003, former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric SHINSEKI†- estimates how many soldiers would be required.] [Senator Joseph BIDEN†- says the fixation to keep troop levels down has been a tactical mistake.] [Senator Robert BYRD†- mentions “echoes of Vietnam.”] [Senator John McCAIN – notes it is not time to panic.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Camp Pendleton, California: Jerry Bowen) The impact of the recent violence in Iraq on Oceanside, California, near Camp Pendleton, featured; scenes shown from the town; photos & video shown of Pendleton Marines Shane Goldman†† & Leroy Sandoval††, who were killed in Iraq. [Marine wife Margaret HUNTER†- worries about her husband.] [Oceanside resident Kate OVERTON†, retired Marine Ron BURTON†- comment on dealing with news of deaths.] [Marine mothers Jan MANSHACK†, Zaida WALTERS†- comment on their fallen sons.]

Rather, Dan;
Dozier, Kimberly;
Andrews, Wyatt;
Plante, Bill;
Bowen, Jerry

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