CNN Evening News for Thursday, Apr 08, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The casualty figures for the last week in the war in Iraq noted; US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid quoted about strengthening the US military force.
(Baghdad: Walter Rodgers) The uprising in Iraq reviewed; scenes shown of Japanese, Israeli Arabs & Korean missionaries taken hostage by so-called Mujahadeen Squadrons, of the fighting in Fallujah between Marines & insurgents, a shot-up tank; map shown of cities controlled by Shiite rebels. [Coalition troops in Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo SANCHEZ - says we try to protect non-combatants.] Aspects of the military & public relations war in Iraq outlined & the concerns about what may happen as the major religious holiday approaches discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The battle over perception examined; scenes shown of the Japanese hostages; details given of concerns about keeping the coalition countries together & Marines leaving the damaged tank. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - blames terrorists.] [1st Marine expeditionary Force commander Maj. Gen. Keith STALDER- says we are winning every major firefight.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL, 9/11 commission Bob KERREY - offer differing opinions on the fight in Iraq.] [SANCHEZ - says we are on track.]