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Iraq / Baghdad Explosion / Oil Corruption #855409

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 22, 2007
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The close call for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with an explosion in the background at a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki shown.

(Baghdad: Allen Pizzey) The siphoning off of oil in Iraq into the black market featured; details given about the widespread corruption in the industry which has put a stranglehold on the economy, especially in the southern port of Basra. [Special inspector for Iraq reconstruction Stuart BOWEN†- says Article 136 is a get-out-of-jail-free card.] [Brookings Inst. Kenneth POLLACK†- cites the theft and diversion of oil.] The launch of the joint US-Iraq Operation Honest Hands aimed at the corruption noted.

Couric, Katie;
Pizzey, Allen

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