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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Azores Summit / Diplomacy / Baghdad / Military #724158

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 16, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(In the Azores: Campbell Brown) The summit meeting between President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† & Spanish Prime Minister Jose Aznar on the Azores about war with Iraq featured. [BUSH - says tomorrow is a "moment of truth" for the world; states the U.N. Security Council voted to tell Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR††- says there cannot be more discussions.] [BUSH - says France showed their cards & announced they would veto.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Questions about the end game for war with Iraq noted.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The last-minute diplomatic pressure from the US on U.N. countries reviewed & previewed. Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix's next report on weapons inspections in Iraq discussed.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) The preparation in Iraq for war featured; scenes shown of Saddam addressing military commanders, of public demonstrations & of ceremonies in Kurdish Iraq marking the 15th anniversary of a chemical attack; details given of Saddam's division of the country into four districts. [BLIX - comments.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(In northern Kuwait: Chip Reid) US military readiness in northern Kuwait featured; scenes shown of armored assault vehicles moving across the desert & of Marines setting up camp & attending Sunday church services. [1st Marine Division Capt. Mike MILLER†- talks about getting ready for combat.] [Gunner Sgt. Brad VAN BUSKIRK†- comments.]

(In the Kuwait desert: Dana Lewis) The 101st Airborne training for warfare in the Kuwaiti desert featured; scenes shown of Sunday prayer services. [Chaplain Richard COMPTON†- says loneliness is the biggest fear.] [Bravo Co.'s Sgt. Sean STONER‡- talks about spiritual advice.] [Marine Walid GABR, chaplain Carlos HUERTA†- comment.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Full coverage of war on MSNBC.com noted.

Seigenthaler, John;
Brown, Campbell;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Allen, Ron;
Reid, Chip;
Lewis, Dana

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