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Iraq / Marine Hostage / Amnesty #759032

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jul 03, 2004
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Berman) The state of the insurgency in Iraq despite the turnover of power to Iraq reviewed; details given of the claim by Islamic militants of the beheading of kidnapped American Marine Cpl. Wassef Hassoun††, who disappeared two weeks ago, of the US military's lack of evidence about Hassoun, of an attack on Iraqi guards in Mahmudiyah & the death of a US Marine in Anbar province; scenes shown from the streets of Baghdad. [Minister of public works Nasreen BARWARI†- says the Iraqis will be doing the job.] [Sadr City fire chief Capt. Uday Hassam UDIN†- says the militants are only fear the American army.] [Iraqi woman Ban HAMIN†- thinks nothing will change.]

(Studio: Bob Woodruff; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) A suggestion from the new government that it will forgive the insurgents who have been fighting the US-led occupation noted; Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi quoted about possible amnesty for Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr; details given of the shift in al-Sadr's view. [ALLAWI - says al-Sadr is looking for amnesty, to be part of the political process & would dismantle the army.] The hope that the new government will be able to deal with the disparate factions discussed.

(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Further coverage of the Allawi interview on "This Week: noted.

Woodruff, Bob;
Berman, John;
Stephanopoulos, George

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