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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Coalition / Turkey / Baghdad / Marines / Politics / Terrorism #724076

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein & his sons that they will not leave Iraq reported; scenes shown from the streets of Baghdad.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The growing tension on the eve of war with Iraq featured; scenes shown of US troops moving towards the Kuwait-Iraq border; details given of reports that the Republican Guard may not fight & of Iraqi preparations for the fight. [U.K. Royal Horse Artillery Lt. Col. Duncan FRANCIS†- talks about the training.] [1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Col. William GRIMSLEY†- says the fight is not with innocent people.] The US naming of the "coalition of the willing" & the fact that only three countries are sending troops to the fight noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The administration's concerns about a conflict between Turkish troops & Kurds in northern Iraq examined. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says Turkey is being told not to enter Iraq.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Baghdad: Richard Engel) The concern in Baghdad as war nears & the possibility of trenches being set on fire discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Kuwait: John Berman) Last-minute preparations by the Marines in Kuwait featured; scenes shown of the troops training. [Lt. Col. Brent DUNAHOE†- says we will kill the enemy.] [Gunner Nick VITALE†- describes the "wall of fire."] [Two MARINES - talk about digging trenches.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Victory by British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† in Parliament & a statement from the Vatican about President Bush going to war reported.

(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) The political debate in Congress over war examined. [Senator Tom DASCHLE - denies being "unpatriotic."] [Yesterday, DASCHLE - criticizes Bush's diplomatic effort.] Criticism of Daschle from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert†† & a statement from presidential candidate Senator John Kerry quoted. [Senator Bill FRIST - defends the president.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The drop in oil prices & the raising of the terror alert level from yellow to orange reported.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) Intelligence report that Saddam may have sent out agents to carry out acts of terrorism in the US & overseas featured; details given of concern about sophisticated explosive devices & of unprecedented security. [Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE - says there may be terrorist attacks against the US.] [State Department counterterrorism Cofer BLACK†- says they may attempt to launch multiple attacks.]

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Moran, Terry;
Engel, Richard;
Berman, John;
Douglass, Linda;
Thomas, Pierre
Duration:
00:13:10

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