CNN Evening News for Sunday, Apr 11, 2004
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(Studio: Carol Lin) The uncertain status of American Thomas Hamill, who was kidnapped in Iraq; the kidnapping of seven Chinese nationals in Fallujah; a video claiming that some hostages were released, and the uncertainty about Japanese & Arab hostages noted; scenes shown of Hamill with his captors and of the vigil in his hometown, Macon, Mississippi; Al Jazeera video shown.
(Baghdad: Karl Penhaul) The ongoing fighting in Iraq featured; details given of the death of two US pilots when their Apache helicopter was shot down, the fight against insurgents in Fallujah, and the Shiite unrest in southern Iraq. [Coalition spokesperson Dan SENOR- warns against possible terrorist attacks.]
(Studio: Carol Lin) President Bush’s visit with wounded soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas, noted; photos shown.
(Crawford, Texas: Suzanne Malveaux) Criticism of Bush’s handling of Iraq featured; details given of Iraqis’ decreasing support for the Coalition Provisional Authority. [BUSH – says it was a tough week last week.] [“Washington Post” David BRODER- criticizes Bush for spending the week at his Crawford, Texas, ranch.] [Iraqi ambassador to the US Rend al-RAHIM- asks how the coalition can make law & order a priority without undertaking what is perceived as punitive action.] [Senator John McCAIN, coalition commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo SANCHEZ- offer differing opinions on troop strength.] [EXPERT – says it’s time to let them take responsibility for themselves.]
(Studio: Carol Lin) Results of a CNN/”Time” poll on the Iraq war cited. Taped interview held with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen about the upsurge in violence in Iraq. [COHEN – says the weeds have started to overcome the garden; comments on the June 30 deadline for handing power over to the Iraqis; states Bush needs the support of Congress, the U.N. & the Iraqi Governing Council.]