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ABC Evening News for
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003

Headline: Iraq War / Military Campaign / Sandstorm / War Cost

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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Map shown of the location of US forces in Iraq; details given of a British report that there is an uprising in Basra against President Saddam Hussein's ruling party. The day's developments in the war outlined on screen. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says we are closer to the beginning than the end.]

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The impact of the weather on the war featured; scenes shown of Marines in the sandstorm & of artillery firing; details given about CIA & Special Operations work in preparation for the fight in Baghdad, of indications that Saddam will use chemical & biological weapons. [With the 1st Marines Division, reporter Mike CERRE†- says the storm cut visibility to two feet.] [US Central Command Maj. Gen. Victor RENUART†- comments.] [U.K. national contingent Maj. Gen. Peter WALL†- says there is some kind of uprising in Basra.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(With the Marines: John Berman) Report from the front lines with the 1st MEF, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Regiment presented; scenes & photos shown of night fighting in An Nasiriyah†, of collected weaponry & of the Marines in action.

(With the 32nd Army: Stephanie Gosk) Report from the front lines with the 32nd Army presented; scenes shown of the soldiers in a sandstorm. [SOLDIER - says the sand conditions are tough.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(With Special Forces troops in northern Iraq: Jim Sciutto) Report from the front lines on Special Forces operations inside northern Iraq featured; scenes shown. [SOLDIER - says the Iraqi regime has prohibitive weapons.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The view from Baghdad presented; scenes shown of daily life amidst the bombing; details given of the message that Saddam is in charge of the country.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Bush's request from Congress for money to pay for the cost of the war in Iraq noted.

(White House: Terry Moran) Bush's financial requests & Congressional anxiety about booming wartime deficits examined; details given of the slashing of Bush's tax cut. [At the Pentagon, BUSH - thanks the troops; states the need is urgent.] [Senator Tom DASCHLE - says we made the budget more responsible.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Information about the Marines killed in the fighting in An Nasiriyah on Sunday reported; photos shown of Cpl. Randal Rosacker†. [In January interview, ROSACKER - says he joined the Marines to train everyday.]

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Program Time:05:30:40 pm - 05:43:50 pm. Duration: 13:10
Reporters:Jennings, Peter; McWethy, John; Berman, John; Gosk, Stephanie; Sciutto, Jim; Engel, Richard; Moran, Terry
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Broadcast Type:Evening News Segment Type: News Content
Record Number:724649