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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Powell's U.N. Presentation / Al Qaeda Link / Iraq #721103

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 05, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech at the U.N. to present the case for war with Iraq reviewed; excerpt translated from an audiotape of Iraqi military figures talking about moving weapons; satellite photos shown. [POWELL - talks about a connection between Iraq & Al Qaeda; quotes the audiotape about "evacuating" weapons; states President Saddam Hussein has not accounted for deadly anthrax material.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(U.N.: Martha Raddatz) The intelligence community's view that the intercepts are the most important evidence & that the satellite images are open to interpretation examined. [POWELL - refers to "nerve agents" in the audiotapes.] [ABC News military analyst Tony CORDESMAN†- talks about a weapons facility.] [Former UNSCOM inspector Jonathan TUCKER†- talks about the significance of the images, which are difficult to interpret.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The administration's intent to establish a link between Iraq & terrorist activity reiterated.

(Studio: Brian Ross) Powell's presentation that a small terrorist group was at the nexus between Iraq & Al Qaeda examined; photo shown of a chemical weapons training center. [POWELL - says Iraq has an agent in radical terror group Ansar al-Islam††.] [Ansar al-Islam leader Mullah KREKAR†† - {with transcription on screen} - says we believe Saddam is outside the Islamist zone; denies meeting Al Qaeda leader Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi††.] Reports from London expressing skepticism about Al Qaeda's connection to Iraq.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The Iraqi reaction to Powell's presentation examined. [Saddam's scientific adviser Amir al-SAADI†- calls it a "typical American show"; denies Powell's personal allegations.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; UN: Martha Raddatz) Powell's efforts to convince Russia, China & France about Iraq discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The positive reaction of Democrats to Powell's evidence presented to the U.N. Security Council discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The date for the next reports from U.N. weapons inspectors Hans Blix & Mohammed el-Baradei noted; statistics cited on the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf region, especially Kuwait.

Jennings, Peter;
Raddatz, Martha;
Ross, Brian;
Harris, Dan;
Stephanopoulos, George

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