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Iraq / Kidnappings / Robinson Interview / Crime #761216

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Jul 31, 2004
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(Studio: Carol Lin) The kidnapping in Iraq of 2 Turkish truck drivers by a group allied with Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, in addition to other foreigners already being held, reported. Live interview held with military intelligence analyst Ken Robinson† about the network of human trafficking involving governments and the families of hostages. [ROBINSON – says this behavior has been seen in Chechnya & Colombia; explains the new industry of criminals providing people to the jihadists who have an agenda of trying to drive out the coalition; cites payment figures for foreign hostages; describes the network from which hostages are passed; notes human intelligence from Iraqis is improving.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Permission granted to US Marine Cpl. Wassef Hassoun, whose story of kidnapping is under investigation, to visit his family in Utah noted. [At the Salt Lake City airport, HASSOUN – reacts to being home.]

(Baghdad: Matthew Chance) The reaction of the interim Iraqi government to the organized crime problem in Iraq featured; scenes shown of a cache of weapons & US military uniforms seized by Iraqi police in a Baghdad suburb. [Iraqi government OFFICIAL – comments on cooperation between criminal gangs & insurgents; says some of the advisors who worked with the Americans {after the fall of President Saddam Hussein} were probably the wrong ones; comments on the status of Iraqi security forces.]

Lin, Carol;
Chance, Matthew

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