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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Ground Invasion / Baghdad / Diplomacy #724231

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 20, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Possible secret surrender talks with senior Iraqi military leaders, including members of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard, reported. The military action in Iraq reviewed; details given about the bombing of Iraqi leadership targets in Baghdad and about coalition ground forces entering Iraq from Kuwait; animated diagram shown of a missile launching; scenes shown of explosions lighting up the sky over Baghdad. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says Iraqi soldiers must ask themselves if they want to fight for a doomed regime.] [NBC News military analyst William ARKIN†- says this will be a psychological drip, drip, drip on the Iraqi regime.] Reports that oil fields in southern Iraq are on fire noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Peter Arnett) Telephone report on the bombing of Baghdad featured; details given about specific targets, including the office building occupied by Qusay Hussein.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(With the 101st Airborne: Dana Lewis) The tense day for the troops of the 101st Airborne Division, who endured numerous threats of missile attacks, reviewed; scenes shown of soldiers in bunkers wearing protective gear in preparation for a chemical attack. [101st Airborne Sgt. Ray DONICA†, Sgt. Ken CROUSE‡, SPC Josh STULTZ†- comment on the tension.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: Campbell Brown) President Bush’s efforts to convince the international community that there is a broad coalition involved in the war against Iraq featured; details given about Turkey’s granting of permission for the US to use its air space and the Treasury Department’s confiscation of Iraqi government assets; coalition countries listed. [BUSH – says over 40 nations support our efforts.] [Secretary of Treasury John SNOW†- says we are directing a worldwide hunt for blood money.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Anti-war protests around the world; the Vatican’s disapproval of the war and the administration’s approval of the provision of food & medicine to the people of Iraq noted; scenes shown from a demonstration in Athens, Greece.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Arnett, Peter;
Lewis, Dana;
Brown, Campbell

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