Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the chairs of the senate and house intelligence committees Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) spoke with CNN about chemical weapons in Syria, the ten year benchmark of the Iraq war and more.
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Sen. Feinstein on gun legislation, “This is very important to me. And I'm not going to lay down and play dead…Not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust, as I would see it.” FULL POST
CNN BREAKING NEWS ALERT: There is a "high probability" that Syria used chemical weapons against opposition forces, though verification is needed, Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday. “I have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used. We need that final verification.”
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Ten years later, CNN's Wolf Blitzer reflects on covering the Iraq war in 2003. "During that attack [Kuwait City mall] we were all urged to go down into a sealed bunker. I decided to stay on the air, report on the dramatic developments. Luckily, it wasn't a chemical or biological weapons attack, but I did have my gas mask right next to me just in case. Ten years later, the killing continues in Iraq without end. Our senior international correspondent, Arwa Damon, who’s spent a lot of time over these past ten years in Baghdad, is joining us from there right now. Arwa, how bad is the situation right now? "
CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN) reports on deadly attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion.
Watch Arwa's personal piece on covering a decade of war in Iraq here.
Special Feature Revisits ‘Baby Noor’ – Iraq’s Miracle Baby
Marking 10 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CNN Digital shares a remarkable story of struggle and survival in the face of war. Labeled by the media Iraq’s miracle baby,' Noor al-Zahra Haider was discovered by American soldiers and brought to the U.S. for life-saving surgery in 2005. In the multimedia feature “Baby Noor: An Unfinished Miracle” CNN reporter Moni Basu, who first met Noor seven years ago, returns with David S. Holloway to Baghdad to explore the challenges one Iraqi family faced after accepting American aid and reunites the world with Baby Noor.
"This personal tale leaves us with big ethical questions to ponder as we reflect on the Iraq invasion,” said Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of CNN Digital. “Congratulations to Moni, David and the team for this artful and touching piece of enterprise journalism.”
Backstage in the studio of new Iraqi talk-show, ‘Ako Fad Wahed’
This month, 'Inside the Middle East' explores the culture and heritage of Iraq. CNN correspondent Arwa Damon, who covered the conflict in Iraq for three years, discovers hints of the past in the present, strolling through the open-air book markets and along the developed banks of the Tigris River in Iraq's modern capital, Baghdad, a city which was once the world's capital of literature, mathematics and the arts. FULL POST
Last night Bob Fitzsimmons, the attorney of the 16 year old girl that was raped by two Steubenville, Ohio football players spoke tonight with CNN’s Piers Morgan. Speaking about Ma’lik Richmond’s apology in a courtroom yesterday he said this:
“It was a very emotionally-packed moment that occurred in that courtroom, where watching this young boy suffer once he realized what the punishment, and what had happened at that point.. It was hard to watch anybody suffer, a human being like that. And I think everybody in that courtroom was significantly moved. It was those emotions that moved everybody there. Not that that was right or acceptable or forgiving at that point, but to see the pain that he had caused himself and others.”
Fitzsimmons was asked about his client’s current state of mind after the verdict:
“She has not at this point forgiven anybody for what she’s been through, the terrible ordeal…People need to wake up and do the right thing at this point and accept what’s been decided by the judge.”
Prescott interview airs TODAY, March 19 at 4:00pm ET on CNN International
As the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq reaches its 10th anniversary, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour looks back at what was won and lost in Iraq on Tuesday, March 19.
Amanpour interviews Lord John Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister for the United Kingdom under the Tony Blair Administration, who responds to her inquiry about the human and financial costs of war in Iraq – and for the U.S. and Great Britain, which led the 2003 invasion:
“Well, I think you have to start from the beginning to the end. It’s 10 years – time to look at those decisions. Right at the beginning we were hoping to get the United Nations resolution. There were other matters were agreed to, not least of all the road map with Bush and the Israel-Palestine, all those things were not achieved and we can see now that in the shock and awe, may have got rid of Saddam, but it certainly never brought peace. And you have to ask yourself 10 years on was it justified and was it really about regime change? And if it was about regime change, I'm afraid that didn't make it legal,” Prescott tells Amanpour during their interview. FULL POST
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