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Iraq / Attacks / Hostages / Zarqawi #766060

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 22, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The deaths of more US soldiers, Iraqi police & civilians in the fighting in Iraq and the claim by an Islamic group that two Italian women hostages were killed reported.

(Baghdad: Barry Petersen) The continuing chaos in Iraq featured; details given of the major US offensive, Operation Iron Fury, to regain control from terrorists; scenes shown of fighting in Baghdad’s Sadr City, a wounded boy and the latest car bombings. [In video, British hostage Kenneth BIGLEY††- urges British Prime Minister Tony Blair to release female Iraqi prisoners.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says you can’t give in to {the terrorists.}] [Baghdad resident Fallah al-AZAWI†- says Iraqis hate the beheadings of civilians.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(London: Sheila MacVicar) Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, profiled; video shown of the hooded Zarqawi with American hostages Eugene Armstrong & Nick Berg, who were beheaded; details given of his competition with Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for recruits in Afghanistan. [CBS News terrorism consultant Rohan GUNARATNA†- compares Zarqawi’s status in Iraq to that of bin Laden.] [Institute for Terrorism Research & Security Policy Rolf TOPHOVEN†- notes Zarqawi is benefiting from the Iraq war.]

Rather, Dan;
Petersen, Barry;
MacVicar, Sheila

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