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Iraq-US Relations / Saddam Interview / War Talk / Turkey #722562

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003
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(Jordan: Dan Rather) CBS exclusive interview with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein about the possibility of war featured; excerpts shown; details given about the taping of the interview, which was done by Iraqi crews. [SADDAM {thru translator} – says we have no missiles outside the U.N. specifications; says he would tell Americans that the Iraqi people are not the enemy; challenges President Bush to a worldwide televised debate.] More of the interview with Saddam on “The Early Show” and “60 Minutes II” noted.

(White House: Bill Plante) The increasing probability that war will happen featured; details given about Iraq’s claims of finding documents accounting for biological weapons. [BUSH – says the only option is for Saddam to completely disarm.] [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX – suggests Iraq’s new documents show progress.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER - dismisses the new documents.]

(Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Ankara, Turkey: Richard Roth) The difficult decision facing lawmakers in Turkey who are being asked to defy public opinion by supporting the US examined; details given about the plan for Turkish & US troops to invade Iraq through Kurdish territory. [Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar YAKIS†- says Saddam will have to choose between his own skin and agreeing to a peaceful solution; comments on the Kurds.]

(Jordan: Dan Rather) The crash of a US Black Hawk helicopter near Camp New Jersey in Kuwait reported.

Rather, Dan;
Plante, Bill;
Roth, Richard

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