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Iraq / Prisoner Abuse Scandal / Al-Sadr Revolt #763114

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 23, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Mannheim, Germany: Tom Fenton) Pre-trial hearings for 4 of the soldiers charged with abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq reviewed; scenes shown from outside the courtroom in Germany; courtroom sketches shown; details given of testimony from Spc. Charles Graner; statement from Judge James Pohl† quoted. [Graner’s attorney Guy WOMACK†- suggests higher ranking officers are being protected.] S/Sgt. Ivan “Chip” Frederick’s announcement that he will plead guilty to some of the charges noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) US air strikes against Shiite militias in Najaf, Iraq, noted.

(Baghdad: Barry Petersen) The standoff in Najaf featured; scenes shown; details given of the training of Shiite troops to lead an assault on the mosque where the militias of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are taking refuge and of the Iraqi government’s negotiations with al-Sadr; desertion rate for US-trained Iraqi soldiers cited. [Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham SALIH†- says we are determined to dismantle this militia.] Al-Sadr’s role in the release of kidnapped American journalist Micah Garen†† noted.

Rather, Dan;
Fenton, Tom;
Petersen, Barry

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