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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Azores Summit / Baghdad / Anti-War Protests / Military / Refugees #723882

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 15, 2003
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(Studio: Dean Reynolds) President Bush's last diplomatic push for support for his war against Iraq introduced.

(White House: John Cochran) The Azores summit previewed; scenes shown from anti-war demonstrations in Spain. [Political analyst Tom BENTLEY†- says British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† could look like Bush's stooge.] [In radio address, BUSH - speaks out.] [Brookings Inst. Ivo DAALDER†- says Bush is talking to the people who already agree with him & this is the end of the road.] [On BBC radio, British foreign secretary Jack STRAW†- says the prospect of military action is much more probable.]

(Studio: Dean Reynolds) Iraqi government decree setting up four military districts under President Saddam Hussein noted.

(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The Iraqi invitation asking the UN weapons inspectors to come back to Baghdad to clear up some issues featured; details given of ongoing inspections; scenes shown of orchestrated pro-Saddam protests in Baghdad.

(Studio: Dean Reynolds) Report introduced.

(Washington: Barry Serafin) The anti-war protests in the US & overseas featured; scenes shown of protests in San Francisco, Washington, DC, France, Germany, Tokyo, Japan &the Bank. [International ANSWER Coalition Mara VERHEYDEN-HILLIARD†- talks about civil disobedience in the US & around the world.]

(Studio: Dean Reynolds) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Lisa Sylvester) Military sources report on theoretical dates for air & ground wars examined; details given of the logistical problems in getting troops & ships in place. [ABC News military analyst Tony CORDESMAN†- talks about the complications of coordinating military data.]

(Studio: Dean Reynolds) Report introduced.

(Kuwait City: Jim Wooten) Growing concerns about caring for Kurds & other refugees from a war in Iraq examined; details given of the problems of logistics & funding for refugee care. [Mercy Corps Cassandra NELSON†- talks about the circumstances.] [UN High Commission for Refugees Sten BRONEE†- says we have no water, electricity or fuel.]

(Studio: Dean Reynolds) Further coverage of the conflict with Iraq on "This Week" noted.

Reynolds, Dean;
Cochran, John;
Harris, Dan;
Serafin, Barry;
Sylvester, Lisa;
Wooten, Jim

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