ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 23, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A difficult day in the war with Iraq, including the capture of American soldiers, reviewed. [President BUSH - says we are on course & making progress.]
(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The toughest day of fighting for the US military reviewed; scenes shown from Nasiriyah; details given about those dead & interviewed on Iraqi TV & of a friendly fire downing of a British jet. [US Central Command deputy commander Lt. Gen. John ABIZAID- sums up the fighting; calls the pictures shown disgusting.] [Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS- says 12 soldiers were ambushed & there status is not known.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The continued US bombing in Baghdad reviewed; satellite photos shown.
(Baghdad: Richard Angel) Iraq state TV's repeated broadcast of pictures of dead & captured American soldiers reviewed; scenes shown of Iraqi forces searching for a supposed down pilot in the Tigris River & of bombing near Baghdad.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Bush's plans to hold a public schedule this week noted.
(White House: Terry Moran) The president's progress report on the war presented. [BUSH - says this is the beginning of a tough fight; says POWs should be treated humanely; states we will free the people of Iraq & get rid of weapons of mass destruction.] Bush's plans to deal with war costs & meet military families noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Washington: Barry Serafin) The focus of US troops on racing to Baghdad rather than dealing with towns along the way examined; scenes shown of fighting in the rear. [Two SOLDIERS - comment on the fighting in towns bypassed.] [Military consultant retired Maj. Gen. William NASH- says there is potential for significant combat; worries about the timing of humanitarian aid.] [Iraqi MAN - says the people are hungry.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Live interview held with retired Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold about the war. [NEWBOLD - explains the preparedness for the maintenance troops; states the plan to go to Baghdad is a very aggressive plan which leaves a massive supply problem.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pentagon casualty estimates outlined on screen.