CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 17, 2003
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The 12th anniversary of the start of the American offensive in the last Gulf War; Secretary of State Colin Powell’s statement that Iraq is not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors; the US demand that the inspectors find more evidence to bolster a case against Iraq while the inspectors insist that the discovery of warheads is still not a smoking gun and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s televised speech warning of a US attack noted; scenes shown of the inspectors searching a farm and of anti-American demonstrations. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – comments on the discovery of undeclared warheads.] [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX- says there is not certainty that all chemical & biological weapons are gone.]
(Basra: Elizabeth Palmer) The US objective to gain the port city of Basra, Iraq, if war comes featured; details given of impoverished conditions in the city and growing dissatisfaction with Saddam; scenes shown. [Basra DOCTOR – comments on sick children.]
(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(New York: Jim Axelrod) Technological improvements in satellite imaging, aiding weapons inspectors and allowing viewers at home unprecedented access, featured; details given about security issues; images from earthview.com and digitalglobe.com shown. [Space Imaging John COPPLE, CBS producer Dan DUBNO, former U.N. weapons inspector Steve BLACK, Rand Corporation Kevin O’CONNELL- comment on the availability, accuracy and use of the photos.]
(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Protests throughout the Middle East against war in Iraq reported; scenes shown from the Gaza Strip, Ankara, Turkey, and Bahrain.