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Iraq War / Basra and Baghdad #900990

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 28, 2008
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(Studio: Harry Smith) The continuing battle in Iraq between Shiite militias and Iraqi forces updated.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The deepening crisis in Iraq featured; details given about the involvement of US forces and the spread of the violence; scenes shown of smoke coming from Baghdad’s Green Zone, armed followers of Muqtada al-Sadr in Basra, burned cars and injured children in Sadr City, a dead child. [British army spokesman Maj. Tom HOLLOWAY†- says offensive support was provided by American aircraft.] [Voice of Basra resident Abu HASSAN†- comments on the Mahdi Army militia.] The level of cooperation between Iraqi and US forces discussed.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The impact on US military strategy of the Iraqi government’s decision to take on the militias examined; details given of complaints that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki acted impulsively. [President BUSH – says he’s not sure what triggered Maliki's response.]

Smith, Harry;
Logan, Lara;
Martin, David

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