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Islam / Burning Koran / Jones and Rauf #974332

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 09, 2010
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The announcement by Florida pastor Terry Jones that he will not burn the Koran on the anniversary of September 11 and that the New York City imam agreed not to build the mosque near Ground Zero introduced.

(New York: Christiane Amanpour) The reaction of Imam Feisal Rauf to the claims from Jones recounted; Rauf quoted.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Gainesville: Matt Gutman) The pressure on Jones not to carry out the burning examined; scenes shown of protests in Afghanistan and Pakistan; details given about the offer from Donald Trump to buy the controversial building. [Pentagon press secretary Geoff MORRELL†- comments on the discussion.] [From Afghanistan, US Central Command Gen. David PETRAEUS - says a burning could endanger American lives.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer; New York: Christiane Amanpour) The return of Rauf from a State Department sponsored overseas trip, his view on the international issue of the mosque and Koran burning issues and the equation of the two issues discussed. [In interview, RAUF - explains why he is concerned about moving the mosque location: it will encourage the radicals and fuel terrorism.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer; Capitol Hill: Jonathan Karl) The question of the media and political coverage of the Florida pastor and a call from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking Jones not to do the burning discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The ABC News series on Islam next week mentioned.

Sawyer, Diane;
Amanpour, Christiane;
Gutman, Matt;
Karl, Jonathan

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