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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Intelligence / Allies / Powell / Baghdad #720270

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jan 23, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Statement from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice† about Iraq & voluntary disarmament quoted.

(Washington: David Ensor) The case being made by President Bush's administration against Iraq reviewed; details given about the American intelligence evidence against Iraq. [Deputy defense secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ - says sources indicate that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will kill any scientist who cooperates with U.N. weapons inspectors; states we have a powerful case.] [Former CIA analyst Graham FULLER†- says the US has to be frank about evidence against Iraq.] How the evidence may be laid out & how clear cut the pictures will be discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The question of allied support for the US against Iraq introduced.

(White House: Dana Bash) The US case for support for a war against Iraq examined; details given of support from Britain, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic & Australia & some Arab nations, which will allow logistical support. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says Bush is confident Europe will answer the call.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we will be joined by many nations.] [Former supreme allied commander Gen. Wesley CLARK†- says if the US goes without a U.N. resolution we will not have the same weight of legitimacy.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Koppel) Powell's changing position on Iraq examined; details given of his stance now that inspections will not work. [October 30, 2002, POWELL - talks about weapons inspections.] [August 26, 2002, Vice President Dick CHENEY††- says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has perfected the "cheat & retreat" strategy.] [Brookings Inst. Ivo DAALDER†- says Powell is now making the case against Saddam.] The sudden shift in "good soldier" Powell's view discussed.

(Baghdad: Nic Robertson) Preparations for war in Iraq featured; scenes shown from the streets of Baghdad of anti-American demonstrations & of U.N. weapons inspections; details given of growing Iraqi criticism of inspections. [National Monitoring Directorate Hossam Mohammed AMIN††- criticizes UN visits & the issue of interviewing Iraqi scientists.]

Brown, Aaron;
Ensor, David;
Bash, Dana;
Koppel, Andrea;
Robertson, Nic

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