ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 24, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The day's developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.
(Pentagon: John McWethy) The impact of a monster sandstorm on a massive battle with the Iraqi Republican Guard, the ongoing air mission aimed at Iraqi troops & vehicles & the ground war featured; scenes shown of a downed helicopter & American POWs CWOs Ronald Young & David Williams. [Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. "TUNG"- comments.] [With 1st Marine Div., reporter Mike CERRE- talks about the response to "hostile intent."] [With Marines, reporter John BERMAN- says the Marines are still in An Nasiriyah engaged in serious fighting.] [Oil well engineer Brian KRAUSE- talks about the oil fields.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pentagon report that a busload of Syrian civilians was accidentally bombed in western Iraq noted.
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The appearance of a defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Iraqi TV reviewed; scenes shown of the downed helicopter & captured American pilots, of the air campaign & hospitals in Baghdad.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The view from the front lines in Iraq introduced.
(Iraq: Bob Woodruff) The movement of the Marine Expeditionary Force through Iraq reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Iraq: Ted Koppel) The view from the 301st Marines caught in a sandstorm presented & discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Live discussion held with ABC News military analyst Tony Cordesman about the movement of US forces into Iraq & the kind of resistance being faced; map shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(New York: Ned Potter) The powerful, vulnerable, finicky nature of the Apache helicopter examined; details given about its capabilities. [Retired Lt. Gen. Gregory NEWBOLD- says the aircraft is armored; doubts a farmer shot down the helicopter.] [Joint Staff operations vice-director Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL- says the Apache is a tough aircraft.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Allegations from President Bush's administration that Russian companies are selling military equipment to Iraq reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Bush's request to Congress for the initial cost of a 30-day war in Iraq outlined on screen. Stock Market Report.