Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Anderson Cooper 360° Broadcasts Live from Iraq

CNN Pressroom - ‘Keeping Them Honest’ Examines Progress in Iraq, War on Terrorism in Days Preceding Petraeus Report

Amid the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, and an impending progress report from Gen. David Petraeus about the war in Iraq, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and a team of CNN’s top correspondents travel to Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia to take full stock of the war on terrorism. As part of the coverage, Cooper will be embedded with U.S. troops as he reports from the front line in an area near Baghdad known as the “Triangle of Death.”

Cooper, who returns to the region for his fourth time, will anchor Anderson Cooper 360° live from Iraq from Monday, Sept. 10, to Friday, Sept. 14, from 10 p.m. to midnight (ET).

During the week, Congress expects to hear testimony from Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker about Iraq’s political and military situation. Petraeus’s final report on the status in Iraq is due to the White House at the end of the week. The program will check in with CNN’s Iraq Fact Desk to separate fact from political spin.

“In the days preceding the Petraeus report and testimony, we are going to Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East to evaluate what is working and not working in the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism,” said David Doss, senior executive producer of Anderson Cooper 360°. “In an ongoing effort to ‘Keeping them Honest,’ our team of reporters will provide viewers with the latest information from Iraq as the general and others are testifying on Capitol Hill.”

In Iraq, correspondent Michael Ware examines new power secured by the former ruling minority Sunni’s and if that power will plunge the country further into civil war. Ware also provides a report on the growing number of unclaimed dead bodies in Iraq. Correspondent Arwa Damon provides reports from an embed assignment in Iraq. Correspondent Gary Tuchman embeds with the U.S. Air Force to offer a series of reports on current military strikes and military training of Iraqi cops and a profile of the busiest trauma center in Iraq.

In Saudi Arabia, senior international correspondent Nic Robertson reports on the Saudi’s biggest bust of Al Qaeda this year, which involved the arrest of more than 90 suspects and the seizure of more than $5 million in cash and a secret arms dump. His reports include a rehabilitation program designed to convert Al Qaeda recruits and the growing conflicts among Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran.

Robertson will also embed with U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan to provide the latest on the fight with both the Taliban and Al Qaeda, as well as the continued hunt for Osama bin Laden. The program also reports on developments in Pakistan, where President Gen. Pervez Musharraf faces re-election and the threat of having to share control of this nation.

Anderson Cooper 360° is an in-depth, comprehensive news program that takes a full 360-degree look at the world’s events. The program showcases CNN’s worldwide newsgathering capabilities as well as Anderson Cooper’s unique sensibilities and perspective through a diverse range of live reports and interviews. Anderson Cooper 360° airs on CNN/U.S. each weekday from 10 p.m. to midnight. (ET)

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