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Iraq / Zarqawi / Offensive #791025

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 25, 2005
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) The mounting evidence that wanted terrorist leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, who heads Al Qaeda in Iraq, was seriously wounded in Iraq, examined; details given of the latest reports about the injury, hospital treatment, Website reports, a "Washington Post" story, Arabic news channels & press reports & the near misses in catching him. [Sarah Lawrence College professor Fawaz GERGES†- says the jihadists are being prepared about Zarqawi; states the Iraqi public does not really care for him.] [Former French defense ministry official Alexis DEBAT†- says Zarqawi's organization is suffering from the military pressure; notes the organization is built to survive.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson; Baghdad: Nick Watt) The opposition on Arabic Websites to Zarqawi, the fear of most Iraqis to give up any information & their view about Zarqawi discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Another offensive against insurgents in Iraq, Operation New Market, focused on the Sunni town of Haditha, noted.

Gibson, Charles;
Ross, Brian;
Watt, Nick

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