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Middle East / Libya, Yemen, Syria, Egypt #995083

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Jun 04, 2011
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(Studio: Russ Mitchell) Report introduced.

(Tripoli: Allen Pizzey) The power struggles in the Middle East reviewed; scenes shown of attack helicopters targeting the forces of Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi. [Army Air Group 4th Regiment commanding officer Lt. Col. Jason ETHERINGTON†- outlines our escalation to support the Libyan civilians.] The anti-government forces in Yemen that wounded the president while protesters in Syria face repression from Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and the demands in Egypt for more reforms and a trial for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak noted; Syrian protest video shown. The question about how long Kadhafi can remain in power discussed.

(Studio: Russ Mitchell) Live discussion held with former CIA officer Bob Baer about the Middle East. [From California, BAER - says we put too much hope into the Arab spring in the Middle Eastern countries because the military is holding on for dear life; outlines the challenges for the US in the Middle East with Libya having a tribal civil war while we hope Kadhafi will go; predicts a hot Arab summer with continued fighting.]

Mitchell, Russ;
Pizzey, Allen

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