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Iraq-US Relations / Bush Speech / Military Moves / Evacuations / Vipers / Homeland Security #723967

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 17, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the showdown with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reviewed.

(White House: Bill Plante) President Bush’s speech to the nation tonight in which he will give Saddam the ultimatum for leaving Iraq or face war previewed; details given about yesterday’s summit in the Azores, where Bush blamed France’s veto threat for the inability to get a U.N. resolution authorizing force; scenes shown of U.N. personnel preparing to leave Baghdad. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says Saddam must leave the country to allow the peaceful entry of force.] [BUSH – comments on France.] [French Foreign Minister Dominique de VILLEPIN†- responds to Bush’s statements.] [British ambassador to the U.N. Jeremy GREENSTOCK†- says the co-sponsors {of the resolution} will take their own steps to secure the disarmament of Iraq.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Live coverage of Bush’s speech noted.

(Defense Department: David Martin) The military planning and possible timeline for the ultimatum reviewed; details given about the possible distribution to Iraqi troops of chemical weapons; maps shown of Iraqi Republican Guard movement, oil-filled trench locations and an oil spill in southern Iraq; satellite photo shown of trenches near Kirkuk; scenes shown of U.N. observers & Americans evacuating the Kuwaiti border area. [US Embassy spokesman John MORAN†- says we’re urging Americans to leave Kuwait.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The Iraqi government’s reaction to the U.N. departure from Baghdad and to the idea of Saddam leaving the country discussed; details given about the tense mood of Iraqi citizens as the war nears.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kuwait: John Roberts) The final preparations of an advance unit of Marines featured.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kuwait: Byron Pitts) The Marines’ helicopter squadron, the Vipers, profiled; details given about their Cobra & Huey helicopters; night vision technology-aided scenes shown of US & British forces massing at the border. [Commanding OFFICER – speaks to his troops.] [PILOT – talks about his mission to protect Marines on the ground.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bob Orr) Tightened security on the home front featured; details given about the plan to raise the security alert status to orange due to the threat of retaliatory terror attacks. [Terrorism analyst John PARACHINI†- says there may be sleeper cells that will strike in the US.]

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
Plante, Bill;
Martin, David;
Logan, Lara;
Roberts, John;
Pitts, Byron;
Orr, Bob
Duration:
00:13:30

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