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Iraq-US Relations / Azores Summit / Middle East / Military Moves / Oil Fields / Terror Threat / Moran #723805

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 14, 2003
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The emergency summit in the Azores in which President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar†† will discuss the Iraq crisis noted.

(White House: Bill Plante) The last-minute attempt to head off a U.N. defeat of a war resolution by holding the summit in the Azores featured; details given about statements by Bush & Blair linking Middle East peace efforts to the looming war in Iraq. [National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE – says it is time to tell Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm or be disarmed.] [BUSH – says we believe all people in the Middle East deserve to live in dignity.] [BLAIR – says the issue of peace between Israelis & Palestinians is as important as any other issue.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) “Los Angeles Times” story about the State Department’s dispute of Bush’s claim that ousting Saddam will inspire democratic reform in other Arab countries quoted. The US Air Force’s B-1B Lancer’s capabilities outlined.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Increasing signs that war is imminent featured; details given about the departure from Baghdad of U.N. weapons inspectors and about preparations within Iraq for aides of Saddam to escape.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Northern Kuwait: John Roberts) Training with new weapons in the US arsenal featured; details given about the importance of real-world training; scenes shown of Marines training in Kuwait with a missile that senses armor and the javelin system. [US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Eddie RAY†- lectures troops on minimizing friendly fire casualties.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Reports from Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq that Iraqi troops have taken over the city of Kirkuk and are placing explosives in the oil fields noted.

(Houston: Bob McNamara) Preparations by Texas oil field firefighters for the possibility that Saddam will burn his oil fields examined; details given about the impact of the 1991 Kuwaiti oil field fires; footage shown. [Firefighters Joe BOWDEN†, Pat CAMPBELL†- comment.] [Economic analyst Jim LaCAMP†- says fear could cause oil prices to increase.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) A possible terror threat to US & British targets in east Africa and the dismissal of Representative James Moran as Democratic Whip due to his recent remark about Jews and a possible war against Iraq reported.

Schieffer, Bob;
Plante, Bill;
Martin, David;
Roberts, John;
McNamara, Bob

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