AC: Did we lose Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?
Anderson again in Bakuba, Michael in Baghdad. Michael discusses the report that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been in US custody but released. Zarqawi’s insurgent groups have been, in Michael’s terms, “Iraqified” from the lower ranks up, so that local insurgents are now having far more say in how the insurgency fights.
NPR: Reports From Iraq - Election Day
AC: Election day in Iraq
Anderson hosts from Bakuba, Michael’s in Baghdad. Although there were fewer acts of violence than was the case for earlier elections in Iraq, the polls opened while AC was on the air and explosions occurred immediately.
Michael explains the long-term plans of the insurgents and what election results would bode well for the US mission in Iraq. (Hint: we’re in trouble.)
CBS: Bullets and ballots
Lara Logan interviews Michael on the CBS Evening News about the election and the "bullets and ballots" strategy employed by the insurgents.
AC: How will the Iraqi elections go?
Anderson spends election week in Iraq. On day one, he interviews Michael in Baghdad regarding the “bullets and ballots” dual tracks of the war.
(Anderson also tries to claim Michael from corporate sister Time Magazine, again introducing him as “CNN’s Michael Ware.” Michael’s response? “Insha’allah.” I’m all for it!)
TIME: The New Rules of Engagement
By MICHAEL WARE / BAGHDAD
AC: Who are the insurgents?
Anderson interviews Michael in Baghdad regarding the makeup of the insurgency. Michael also responds to Donald Rumsfeld’s diss on the media.
TIME: The View from the Front Lines
By MICHAEL WARE / RAMADI