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Iraq / Pre-Election Violence / Mosul / Iraqi Troops #778217

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 27, 2005
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The security situation in Iraq reviewed; details given of the insurgents’ pre-election campaign of fear & the investigation into yesterday’s Super Stallion helicopter crash; scenes shown of bomb damage at 2 Baghdad schools that are expected to be polling places; results of an Iraqi Planning Ministry Survey on security & the election cited. [US forces in Iraq commander Gen. George CASEY†- says the insurgents have created the impression that they’re better than they are; comments on the status of Iraqi security forces.]

(Mosul: Kimberly Dozier) The violence in Mosul featured; details given of the search for new election workers after hundreds of volunteers resigned and of the security preparations of US troops. [Iraq Multi-National Corps commander Lt. Gen. Thomas METZ†- predicts there will be loss of life on election day.] [426th Civil Affairs Maj. Anthony CRUZ†- praises new election workers.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The training of Iraqi National Guard {ING} troops to provide their own security featured; scenes shown of US troops accompanying an ING unit under fire, tending to a wounded Iraqi & raiding a house. [ING Col. Alaa TALIB†- predicts some insurgents will get through to the election sites.] [Capt. John BONIN‡- says the Iraqis are gonna be able to handle it.]

Rather, Dan;
Dozier, Kimberly

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