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Iraq War / Baghdad Attack #724518

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 21, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The US missile attack on Baghdad, Iraq, the ground offensive from the south, the first combat deaths reported; scenes shown of bombings, surrendering troops, President Saddam Hussein on TV.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) A day of dramatic changes in the air war & on the ground reviewed; scenes shown of the bombing of downtown Baghdad; details given of the ground offensive towards Baghdad, the taking of the port city of Umm Qasr†, the fight for Basra & the taking of western & northern areas. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says the regime is starting to lose control.] [Navy R/Adm. Barry COSTELLO†- says it has been an incredible 24 hours.] [RUMSFELD - cites the free press coverage.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- says we must not get too comfortable.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The intensive bombing campaign against Baghdad reviewed; scenes shown of bombs exploding, fires burning, of the Iraqi defense minister giving a briefing during the bombing & from the city streets.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Kuwait City: Jim Wooten) The surrender of Iraqi forces in the small town of Safwan†† featured; scenes shown of the Shiite Muslim residents greeting American soldiers, of Iraqi troops surrendering in Umm Qasr†, of a Marine pulling down a poster of Saddam.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The death of two Marines in southern Iraq reported.

(Kuwait City: Mike von Fremd) The first battle for the strategic city of Umm Qasr featured; scenes shown from the port. [BBC's reporter Adam MYNOTT†- comments on the battle.] [British forces spokesman Capt. Al LOCKWOOD†- cites the importance of port cities.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Engel, Richard;
Wooten, Jim;
von Fremd, Mike

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