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Iraq / Pre-Election Violence / Hallums Kidnapping #778026

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The deaths of 6 more US soldiers in Iraq and the kidnapping of American civilian Roy Hallums††; reported; casualty figures cited; video shown of Hallums pleading for his life. The expanded security effort to stem the escalating pre-election violence featured; scenes shown from Baghdad, where an Iraqi judge & policemen were killed, of posters denouncing the election, of US troops on patrol, & of a school where a bomb was discovered; details given about a specially trained Iraqi unit that will respond to trouble on election day. [24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Col. Ron JOHNSON†, Lt. Col. Mark SMITH†- comment on the battle against the insurgents in the “triangle of death.”] [24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Capt. Tad DOUGLAS†- praises the Iraqi security troops.] More about US Marines in Iraq on “60 Minutes” noted.

(Los Angeles: Sandra Hughes) The anguish of Hallums’ family featured; statistics on kidnappings in Iraq cited. [Ex-wife Susan HALLUMS, daughter Carrie COOPER†– comment.] [In video, with a gun to his head, HALLUMS – says he is not asking for help from President Bush because of Bush’s selfishness, but from Arab rulers, especially Muammar el-Kadhafi.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Samarra: David Martin) Security preparations for election day featured. [Balad Military Hospital commander Col. Chuck HARDIN†- comments on increasing hospital capacity.] [1st Infantry Division Lt. Col. Eric SCHACHT†- predicts a decent voter turnout in Samarra.] [1st Infantry Division Capt. Aaron COOMBS†- tells an Iraqi civilian he will drive him to the election site.]

Rather, Dan;
Hughes, Sandra;
Martin, David

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