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Iraq War / The Surge / Fallon / Shiite Pilgrims #850593

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Surprising testimony about the war in Iraq introduced. [Before Congress committee, in response to question from Senator Lindsey Graham, Navy Adm. William FALLON†- says he does not know if he would send more troops to Iraq if Gen. David Petraeus asked.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: John Roberts) Fallon's candidate testimony about the Iraq war plan, what it means for the White House effort to sell its message on Iraq, Senator Arlen Specter's reflections about President Bush & the war & how the Republicans are reacting to the president's credibility on the war issue discussed. [SPECTER - suggests Bush is not "the decider" as he claims.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Michael Holmes) The sectarian division in Iraq examined; scenes shown from Baghdad of bloody Shiite pilgrims celebrating Ashura, the historic battle that led to the Sunni-Shiite split in Islam & of the press, military security & a respected sheikh inside a celebrating neighborhood. [In the street, Lt. Col. Steve MISKA†- says you have to engage with the people.] [Religious leader Sheikh Mohammed al-SUHAIL†- {thru reporter's translation} speaks about the war.] The different versions of the Mahdi & today's extraordinary experience that shows the importance of tribal power discussed

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The raw data on fleeing the fighting in Iraq in 2006 outlined on screen.

Cooper, Anderson;
Roberts, John;
Holmes, Michael

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