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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Saddam Assassination / Military Buildup #722510

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Progress on U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq noted.

(White House: Terry Moran) The controversy over President Bush's remarks to a senator about how far he would go to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein examined. [January 7, BUSH - says he flew in with Senator Peter Fitzgerald.] [Voice of FITZGERALD - says Bush would repeal the executive order forbidding the assassination of foreign leaders.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says the president does not recall saying this.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The intensification of US air strikes against Iraqi anti-aircraft batteries in the "no-fly" zone & the status of the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf region reviewed. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - talks about the stress of maintaining forces.] Report of a "monster weapon," the satellite-guided MOAB bomb, that could be used in the early days of a war outlined.

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
McWethy, John

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