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CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 24, 2004
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(Studio: Miles O'Brien) Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's speech to the U.N. General Assembly calling for support of the upcoming elections & a reduction of foreign debt, the clearing of Ahmad Chalabi of counterfeit charges, a rocket attack in Baghdad, US air & artillery strikes in Fallujah & the kidnapping of six Egyptian technicians reported; scenes shown.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Taped interview held with former Iraq hostage journalist Scott Taylor. [From Ottawa, TAYLOR - recalls his "accidental capture" by the mujahedeen in Iraq while travelling with a Turkish journalist; describes his "five days in Hell" while held captive before being let go after being accused of being a spy; notes these extreme fundamentalist groups seemed to have been working together, bonded by collective hate of the coalition forces; explains the power vacuum among these guys, who are really fighting for their religion; speculates there was intervention by the Turkish government to help free him; states he won't be going back to Iraq.]

O'Brien, Miles;
Brown, Aaron

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