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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Baghdad / Bush / US Military #723375

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 08, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) The defiant demands from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein accusing the US & Britain of being liars & his call for an end to economic sanctions while his country is on the brink of war featured; scenes shown of Iraqi soldiers & sandbag operations. [Iraqi parliament member Mohammed ADHAMI†- says the U.N. weapons inspections need more time.] The pressure on Iraq to do much more in compliance noted.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) The White House plans for war with Iraq reviewed; details given about a new UN resolution & ongoing diplomacy before a UN Security Council vote; scenes shown of anti-war protests around the world, including Washington, DC. [On BBC radio, British foreign minister Jack STRAW†- comments.] [Woodrow Wilson Center Lee HAMILTON†- says there have been serious setbacks for the US.] Bush's phone call to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai mentioned.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Secretary of State Colin Powell's appearance tomorrow on "Meet the Press" noted.

(Kuwait: Kerry Sanders) US military preparations in Kuwait featured; scenes shown of training & materiele. [Army Spec. Danielle WALKER†- comments on the work to get ready.] [Army Gen. Charles SWANNICK†- talks about combat capability.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Another US/British attack in the Iraqi "no-fly" zone noted.

(Pentagon: Carl Rochelle) Preparations to strike against Iraq featured; scenes shown of military hardware being moved in & of planes flying increased missions; details given about the messages in leaflets being dropped on Iraq. [Air Force retired Gen. Michael SHORT†- says suddenly cruise missiles could be launched in the everyday attacks.] [Army retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- says the leaflets were effective in the last war.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Allen, Ron;
Jordan, Rosiland;
Sanders, Kerry;
Rochelle, Carl

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