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Iraq / Insurgent Interview / Election #812787

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 13, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Absentee voting by Iraqis living elsewhere, and the deaths of 4 more Americans in Iraq noted; scenes shown from polling stations in McLean, Virginia; Sydney, Australia; Tehran, Iran, & Amman, Jordan.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) A rare on-camera interview by “Time” magazine’s Michael Ware† with an insurgent leader in Iraq featured; Al Qaeda Internet videos of masked gunmen executing police recruits and of 2 Iraqi women hostages shown. [WARE - talks about the terrorist videos; explains the role of the man being interviewed.] [Masked insurgent LEADER {thru translator} – denies he is fighting to return former President Saddam Hussein to power; says we hope to participate in the political process; states the resistance will finish when the occupation is finished.] The attempts to lure insurgent commanders back to the Iraqi army discussed.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Kimberly Dozier) Efforts to increase Sunni participation in the political process outlined; scenes shown of Sunni sheiks & political leaders meeting with coalition representatives. [Iraqi Islamic Party Tariq al-HASHIMI†- says the root of resistance is in the Arab Sunni community; notes Sunnis’ importance in determining the future of the country.] The likelihood that Saddam’s supporters will keep fighting and the threat from another Sunni group to attack anyone who attacks the polls noted.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The Pentagon’s plan to request more money for operations in Iraq & Afghanistan noted.

Schieffer, Bob;
Logan, Lara;
Dozier, Kimberly

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