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CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 24, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The military campaign reviewed; map shown; Iraqi TV scenes shown of two captured American pilots and their downed helicopter; scenes shown of wounded American soldiers near An Nasiriyah††. [1-3 Viper Battalion Lt. Col. Dan WILLIAMS†- says being shot at makes us more determined.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- comments on the engagement with an Iraqi Republican Guard unit.] [Before Parliament, British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – explains the US plan for the assault on Baghdad.] [Wounded soldier Joshua MENARD††- describes the attack on his unit.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Southern Iraq: Jim Axelrod) The push toward Baghdad by the US Army 3rd Infantry Division featured; details given about possible chemical weapons usage; scenes shown of vehicles on the move and captured Iraqi soldiers and weapons. [US Army S/Sgt. George STEPHENSON†- recounts what one prisoner told him.] [US Army Col. Will GRIMSLEY†- says the captives are sharing useful information.] [US Army Sgt. Jennifer RAICHLE†- describes the Iraqis’ chemical attack equipment.] [US Army Spc. Steve MOORE†- describes the process of chemical weapon detection.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) US casualties suffered in the battle at An Nasiriyah noted; map shown.

(Southern Iraq: John Roberts) The battle at An Nasiriyah reviewed; details given about the 1st Marines’ reaction to the Army’s declaration that the city was safe and to the showing of US prisoners of war on Iraqi TV; scenes shown of Marines preparing for battle.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Umm Qasr, Iraq: Scott Pelley) The battle for control of the vital port city of Umm Qasr reviewed; details given about the importance of clearing mines from the port so humanitarian aid ships can deliver supplies; scenes shown of fighting, of dolphins trained to hunt for mines and of oil field fires. [US Marines Capt. Rick CREVIER†- says Iraqi Republican Guard troops dress in civilian clothes, wave white flags, and then shoot at us.] [US Navy Capt. Mike TOLLITSON†- comments on mines in the water.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The International Red Cross’s warning about an impending humanitarian disaster at Basra, with power and water outages, reported; scenes shown of destroyed buildings.

(Kuwait City: Mark Phillips) Troublesome questions about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s TV appearances examined; details given about the speculation on Saddam’s well-being; scenes shown as Saddam’s defiant words are translated. [British Defense Secretary Geoff HOON†- says there is the possibility of Saddam’s people issuing taped messages.] [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS†- says this is not about one man.]

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Axelrod, Jim;
Roberts, John;
Pelley, Scott;
Phillips, Mark

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