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Iraq / Casualties / Troops / Fallujah #752904

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The death of five more Americans in the worst month for casualties in Iraq noted.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's request for 20,000 US troops to remain in Iraq rather than return home as scheduled due to the escalating violence featured; details given about American troops killed. [Center for Strategic & International Studies Bathsheba CROCKER†- says many Iraqis have not bought into the transition process.] [Former Army vice chief of staff retired Gen. Jack KEANE†- talks about troop rotations.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The status of the hostages in Iraq updated.

(Baghdad: Jim Sciutto) The fight for Fallujah featured; scenes shown of fighting & dead & wounded civilians in the hospital. [Voice of "New York Times" Jeffrey GETTLEMAN†- says it is a World War II-style war.] [Fallujah RESIDENT - says everyone was shot {by Americans}.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The role of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in trying to negotiate an end to the standoff & the plan for an Iraqi caretaker government presented by U.N. envoy Lakhdar†† Brahimi† noted.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Raddatz, Martha;
Sciutto, Jim

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