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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Baghdad / Saddam Interview / Turkey & Kurds #722997

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 27, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The day's developments in the US showdown with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein outlined on screen.

(White House: John Roberts) A draft copy of chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix's next report on inspections to be presented to the U.N. Security Council reviewed; excerpts quoted. [French Ambassador to UN Jean-Marc de la SABLIERE†, British Ambassador to UN Jeremy GREENSTOCK†- offer views on the war debate.] [At White House, President BUSH - predicts Saddam will change his mind about destroying the Al-Samoud missiles.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Mark Phillips) The view from Iraq that war is imminent featured; details given of Iraq's agreement to destroy its Al-Samoud missiles & of the televising in Baghdad of Saddam's interview with Dan Rather; scenes shown from Baghdad. [IRAQI - calls Bush a coward.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Saddam's explanation as to why Iraq did not lose the 1991 Persian Gulf war presented. [In CBS exclusive interview, SADDAM - {thru translator} says Iraq was not defeated by President George Bush, the father.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Turkey's decision to put off the vote on allowing US use of military bases noted.

(On the Turkey-Iraq border: Allen Pizzey) The situation along the northern Iraq border that is controlled by the Kurds, who distrust the Turks as well as Saddam, featured. [Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman Hoshyar ZEBARI†- says there would be problems if Turkish soldiers came in.] [Army Lt. Gen. Colby BROADWATER†- comments on the discussion.]

Rather, Dan;
Roberts, John;
Phillips, Mark;
Pizzey, Allen

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