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Iraq / Al-Sadr Revolt / Allawi / Prisoner Abuse Scandal #762648

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 19, 2004
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Barry Petersen) The confusion over Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s agreement to a peace deal in Najaf while anti-American forces continue the insurgency across Iraq examined; scenes shown of fighting around Najaf’s Imam Ali mosque and of burning oil warehouses in southern Iraq; details given of an al-Sadr representative’s declaration that kidnapped American journalist Micah Garen†† should be freed; map shown of sites of insurrection, including Baghdad, where the US Embassy was hit by mortar fire and the US assault continues in Sadr City. [Iraqi council member Ismael ZAYER†- says he set the fire but he can’t control it.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(London: Mark Phillips) The impact of the standoff in Najaf on interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi & the fledgling Iraqi government featured; details given of the risk of turning al-Sadr into a martyr & the complications caused by the hospitalization in Britain of moderate Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani††. [Middle East analyst George JOFFE†- explains the dilemma for Allawi; notes Allawi must consider the situations with the Sunnis & the Kurds.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The expectation that an upcoming Army report will say that senior officers created the conditions that led to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison and that military medics did not report prisoners’ injuries to superiors noted.

(Pentagon: Bob Orr) The findings of investigations into the abuse at Abu Ghraib, which will be released in a report next week, reviewed; details given of criticism of Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski††, Col. Thomas Pappas††, and former coalition forces commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez for lack of oversight. [May 19, SANCHEZ – says he accepts responsibility for what happened at Abu Ghraib.]

Pelley, Scott;
Petersen, Barry;
Phillips, Mark;
Orr, Bob

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