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CNN Evening News for Monday, Aug 22, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The long, hot summer for President Bush reviewed; statistics on US casualties in Iraq cited. [In Salt Lake City, before the Veterans of Foreign Wars, BUSH - speaks on Iraq; states we will finish the task they gave their lives for.] [Senator Chuck HAGEL - compares Iraq to Vietnam.] The death of two more US soldiers in an IED attack noted.

(Baghdad: Aneesh Raman) The status of the new constitution being drafted in Iraq examined; details given of the possibilities of an Iran-style religion-based government, the unresolved nature of a federalist/central government & the Sunni fear they will have no power & no oil revenue. [National Assembly spokesman Dr. Hachim al-HASANI†- {thru translator} says we have a draft; {in English} states Islam will be a main source of legislation.] [Iraqi WOMAN - worries.] [National security adviser Dr. Mowaffak al-RUBAIE†- comments on democracy & federalism.] [Sunni negotiator Dr. Saleh MUTLAG†- predicts people will reject it.] The problems for the Iraqi government if the Sunnis reject the constitution noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Taped interview held with New York University Noah Feldman about Iraq & the constitution. [From Westport Island, Maine, "What We Owe Iraq" author FELDMAN - says it will be a democracy dominated by Islamic law; comments on the status of women before, during & after President Saddam Hussein; states Kurdistan will be defacto autonomous, the Sunni center will be the hardest part because all three populations are mixed, that Iraq is an extremely Islamic state, the need to bring Sunnis into the constitutional process.]

Brown, Aaron;
Raman, Aneesh

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