CNN Evening News for Monday, Aug 16, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The standoff in Najaf, Iraq, between the US & the militias of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr updated; scenes shown of soldiers in the streets.
(Najaf: Matthew Chance) Videophone report on the eerie battle in Najaf on sacred ground presented; scenes shown from the cemetery, of soldiers praying for their dead & a network of roadside bombs. [Army Pfc. Brendan HARTSBURG†- talks about the enemy & the cemeteries.] [Navy Capt. Paul SHAUGHNESSY†- recalls the death of a young corporal.] [Army Spc. James TALLANT†- wonders why we are here in Iraq.] The "morale problem" among the soldiers discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "New York Times" correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman† & Brookings Inst. analyst Ken Pollack about the war in Iraq. [From Atlanta, GETTLEMAN - talks about the rhythm of the US military strategy of offensive-talk-offensive-talk; recalls what happened in Fallujah, where the soldiers pushed & halted.] [In-studio, POLLACK - explains the importance of the fight in Najaf against the Mahdi army, which has become an active political force; outlines the two possibilities for the US in dealing with Al-Sadr in Najaf.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Later coverage of the conference in Iraq noted.