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Iraq / Fallujah Offensive / Embedded Reporters #771702

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 18, 2004
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The death of a US soldier fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, where pockets of resistance remain, noted; casualty figures cited.

(Near Fallujah, Iraq: Lee Cowan) The search for weapons, information and remaining insurgents in Fallujah featured; details given of the discovery of a command & control center used by insurgents; scenes shown from inside the rooms and of an SUV, possibly intended for use as a bomb. [US Army Maj. David JOHNSON†- says the fighters were very skilled.] [1st Marine Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. John SATTLER†- says we have broken the back of the insurgency.] Continuing fighting & attacks in Mosul, Ramadi, Baghdad & Kirkuk noted; scenes shown.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The call for ending the practice of sending reporters into combat to record images, which can be used to inflame Muslims, examined; scenes shown of images found on computers in the insurgents’ command center in Fallujah; details given of Al Jazeera’s airing of the footage of a US Marine shooting an unarmed insurgent. [Voice of SATTLER – says they took pictures of their deeds and distributed them throughout the world.] [Representative Silvestre REYES†- says we should not be providing Al Jazeera with propaganda.] [US Marine Corps commandant Gen. Michael HAGEE†- defends having reporters in combat.]

Rather, Dan;
Cowan, Lee;
Martin, David

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