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Iraq War / Military Campaign / The Front Lines / Saddam #724636

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 24, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign in Iraq reviewed; details given of the first phase of the battle for Baghdad and fears that Iraqis will use chemical weapons; map shown of the US strategy for the approach to Baghdad; scenes shown of cruise missiles launching off US Navy ships, explosions in Baghdad and a downed Apache helicopter; animated diagram shown of Apache helicopters battling Iraqi tanks; Al Jazeera video shown of captured American pilots David Williams†† and Ronald Young††. [NBC News Chip REID†- describes the bombing of Baghdad.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- comments on the Iraqi Republican Guard’s Medina†† Division.] [On Iraqi TV, Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ {thru translator} – says American & British forces will be welcomed in Baghdad with bullets, not flowers.] [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS†- says there will be casualties.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Nasiriyah: Kerry Sanders) The battle at An Nasiriyah reviewed; details given about the importance of controlling Highway 8, with bridges crossing the Euphrates River and the Saddam Canal, and about the Iraqis’ guerrilla tactics; animated diagram shown of an Iraqi ambush; scenes shown of Marines fighting. [Wounded soldier Joshua MENARD††- describes the attack on his unit.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(With the 3rd Infantry Division: David Bloom) The 3rd Infantry’s push toward Baghdad featured; animated map shown; scenes shown of a night battle and Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The question of whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is still in control mentioned.

(Baghdad: Peter Arnett) Telephone report on Aziz’s press conference featured; details given of Aziz’s insistence that Saddam is still in charge of Iraq and his statements that American prisoners would be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention. The bombing of Baghdad discussed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Saddam’s confusing TV appearances examined; details given about voice analysis of the tapes; scenes shown as Saddam’s defiant words are translated. [Saddam biographer Con COUGHLIN†- says Saddam is appealing to the wider Arab audience.] [Middle East military expert retired Lt. Col. Rick FRANCONA†- says the Iraqi TV station should be a strategic target.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The accidental bombing of a group of fleeing Iraqi citizens; warnings from the U.N. and the Red Cross about a potential humanitarian disaster in the city of Basra and increasingly fierce sandstorms hindering progress for US troops approaching Baghdad reported. More war coverage on msnbc.com noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry;
Bloom, David;
Arnett, Peter;
Mitchell, Andrea

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