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Iraq / Checkpoint Tragedy / Photographer Interview / Elections / Iraqi Opinions #777723

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jan 21, 2005
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(Studio: Soledad O'Brien) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Barbara Starr) A deadly mistake in Iraqi in which US troops fired on a car carrying a civilian family of Iraqis in the northern town of Talifar‡ featured; series of many photos shown; details given of the process that led to the fatal shots. [Getty Images staff photographer Chris HONDROS†- says he realized shots would be fired; outlines how the soldiers handled the children after the parents were killed.]

(Studio: Soledad O'Brien) Live interview held with Hondros via phone; series of photos shown. [Voice of HONDROS - describes the difficult visual situation at the time of the shooting by soldiers who made a split-second decision; indicates the six children suffered only minor injuries; reviews what the children said via a translator; agrees it was a "horrible misunderstanding" showing the realities of war.]

(Studio: Soledad O'Brien) Statement from the Iraqi defense minister that former exiled leader Ahmed Chalabi will be arrested on bank fraud charges in Jordan & a pre-election suicide car bombing in the Sunni town of Youssifiya reported.

(Baghdad, Iraq: Christiane Amanpour) Iraqi opinions on their situation examined; scenes shown from the site of a series of suicide bombs, from a radio studio, of people in a Baghdad park celebrating a holiday. [Radio host Amal al-MUDARESS†- {thru translator} says the security in the country is at its worst; states the Iraqi concern that reconstruction start in the country.]

O'Brien, Soledad;
Starr, Barbara;
Amanpour, Christiane

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