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Iraq / Pre-Election Violence #776882

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 13, 2005
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The assassination in Iraq of a Shiite cleric’s aide & his son, the kidnapping of a Turkish businessman and the murders of 6 of his employees reported.

(Baghdad: David Hawkins) The caution of political leaders active in the campaign due to the pre-election violence featured; scenes shown of 82nd Airborne troops on patrol on Baghdad’s Haifa street & Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim†† with political supporters; details given of Sunni groups’ call for boycotting or postponing the elections. [Iraqi National Movement Dr. Hatem MUKHLIS†- conveys Fallujah delegates’ concern about safety.] [British ambassador to Iraq Edward CHAPLIN†- downplays the idea of delaying the voting.] The secrecy of the polling places noted.

Rather, Dan;
Hawkins, David

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