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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad #724540

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 22, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The day's developments in the war with Iraq outlined on screen; scenes shown of anti-war demonstrations.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) A grenade attack on a tent at the 101st Airborne Division & the report that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's whereabouts are unknown reported; scenes shown of cruise missiles attacks in northern Iraq & of fighting in Umm Qasr & Basra & of Defense Department photos & film of the first days of the war. [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS†- talks about the use of overwhelming force.] [3rd Infantry Division Sgt. Christopher COOK†- comments on the fighting.] [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- shows photos of lines of Iraqi soldiers in the desert.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The war inside Baghdad featured; scenes shown of thick, black smoke from fiery oil trenches, of Iraqi civilians in the hospital, of destroyed non-military targets.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) President Bush's "managing" of the war featured; scenes shown of security at the White House; photo shown of Bush at Camp David with his "war council"; details given of his phone call with British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† about humanitarian assistance. [In radio address, BUSH - describes a longer campaign & a commitment to helping Iraq.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Press questioning of Gen. Franks presented. [FRANKS - says there is no doubt Saddam possesses weapons of mass destruction, which will be found.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Doha, Qatar: George Stephanopoulos) The importance of finding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to prove Saddam had them discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Reports that Gen. Ali Hassan Magid‡, aka "Chemical Ali," may have been killed in the first attack noted; scenes shown of the Iraqi reception for American troops in Safwan.

(Kuwait-Iraq border: John Donvan) The hostility in Safwan towards the coalition forces, Bush & reporters reviewed; details given of the questions asked especially about where is the promised food & medicine.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Live interview held with "Time" magazine's Jim Lacey† about the grenade attack on a leadership tent at the 101st Airborne. [LACEY - describes what happened.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Engel, Richard;
Moran, Terry;
Stephanopoulos, George;
Donvan, John

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