CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 24, 2003
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) CBS exclusive interview with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein about the looming war featured; Saddam’s statements about Iraq’s Al Samoud missiles, the implication that he will resist efforts to destroy the missiles and his challenge to President Bush to a live televised debate to discuss the need for war quoted. More of the interview with Saddam on tomorrow’s “CBS Evening News” and “The Early Show” and Wednesday on “60 Minutes II” noted.
(Iraq: Dan Rather; Studio: John Roberts) Saddam’s awareness that an invasion is imminent and probably inevitable; the possibility of exile and the issue of the Al Samoud missiles discussed.
(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.
(White House: Bill Plante) The White House rejection of Saddam’s debate proposal and the diplomatic press for support at the U.N. of the US/Britain/Spain resolution against Iraq featured; details given about an alternative plan presented by France, Germany & Russia that calls for continued weapons inspections. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says there is no debating the world’s demand that Saddam disarm.]
(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Mark Phillips) The question of whether Saddam will destroy his Al Samoud missile arsenal examined; details given of Iraq’s request for technical talks with the U.N. about range restrictions. [Iraq presidential advisor Gen. Amir al-SAADI- says the demand to destroy the missiles is being studied.] [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX- says we have set the date for the destruction of the missiles and we expect that to be respected.]
(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Map shown of possible US troop deployment locations in Turkey.
(Ankara, Turkey: Richard Roth) The pending deal with an undecided Turkey for basing US ground troops at Turkish military bases for an invasion of Iraq featured. [Turkish Parliament foreign affairs committee chairman Mehmet DULGER- says Saddam is a threat to Americans, not to us.] [Turkish member of Parliament Onur OYMEN- says America’s best friends say yes to every American proposal.]
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