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Iraq / Helicopter Crash / Pre-Election Violence / Haifa Street #778124

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The deadliest day of the war in Iraq for US troops reviewed.

(Baghdad: Elizabeth Palmer) The Marine Super Stallion helicopter crash at Rutbah featured; statistics cited on US helicopter crashes in Iraq; details given of the risks associated with helicopters. [US Central Command commander Gen. John ABIZAID†- comments on the crash.] The closing of the election campaigns noted; scenes shown from the sites of the latest pre-election violence in Baghdad, Kirkuk & Tikrit, and of Shiite candidate Fattah al-Sheikh†† campaigning in Sadr City. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s comment on how long US troops will stay in Iraq noted.

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Camp Pendleton, California: Sandra Hughes) The reaction of military families to the loss of lives in the helicopter crash featured; photos shown of victims, including Tony Hernandez. [Parents Leroy HERNANDEZ†, Jan TROUT†, Camp Pendleton, California, resident Linda CASTILLO†, retired Marine Juan DUFF†, 1st Marine Division L/Cpl. Ryan BEARD†- comment.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The dangerous duty of patrolling Baghdad’s Haifa Street featured; scenes shown of US soldiers walking the street & alleys under fire, picking up a wounded Iraqi, discovering weapons caches, and of a palace once owned by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that is now a base for the 82nd Airborne. [1st Cavalry Division Lt. Col. Thomas MacDONALD†- describes the urban terrain and the violent atmosphere; predicts election day will not be all that exciting.] [Arkansas National Guard Capt. T.J. FOLEY†- says it’s one big arsenal.]

Rather, Dan;
Palmer, Elizabeth;
Hughes, Sandra

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