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Iraq / Al Sadr Revolt / Rauf Interview #763190

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Aug 21, 2004
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(Studio: Carol Lin) The US offensive on fighters loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr outside the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf, Iraq, noted.

(Najaf: Matthew Chance) A rare look inside the shrine presented; scenes shown of civilians, who are possibly being used as human shields, and injured people. [Inside the mosque, Iraqi DOCTOR {thru translator} – notes the danger in trying to move the injured who have been brought to the mosque because of the fighting outside.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Live interview held with “What’s Right with Islam” author Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf† about the likely impact of a raid on the mosque if al-Sadr’s forces refuse to leave. [RAUF – explains the significance of the mosque for Muslims, especially the Shiia; speculates that al-Sadr is using the mosque to arouse greater hostility and support for his view; states the US would be better advised to suggest an Islamic democratic state for Iraq rather than a secular one; comments on the possibility of al-Sadr dying in battle.]

Lin, Carol;
Chance, Matthew

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