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Iraq War / Kifl / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Bush, Blair Meeting / Perle / Oil Fields #724767

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 27, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Kifl, Iraq: Jim Axelrod) The intense resistance of Iraqis in the town of Kifl featured; scenes shown of US armored vehicles rolling through the town, wreckage and Iraqi prisoners. [US Army Lt. Col. J.R. SANDERSON†- wonders why the Iraqis are taking on tanks with small arms.] [US Army Capt. Carter PRICE†- compares the battle to Somalia.] [US SOLDIER – comments on the strangeness of seeing a picture of the World Trade Center in a Kifl barber shop.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The order for more troops to deploy to Iraq reported.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The military strategy for taking control of Baghdad reviewed; map shown of Republican Guard locations; scenes shown of explosions in Baghdad, fighting around Basra and lines of supply vehicles. [US SOLDIER – says Iraqis march women in the direction of fire.] Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says coalition forces must destroy or capture Republican Guard units before the regime will crumble.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Increased bombings in Baghdad noted; scenes shown from Abu Dhabi TV. [In Baghdad, "New York Times" reporter John BURNS†- relates the Iraqi defense minister’s comments that US forces will soon have Baghdad surrounded.]

(North of An Nasiriyah, Iraq: John Roberts) Rough and bloody going for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Forces featured; details given about concerns about civilian casualties; scenes shown of US Marines giving medical aid to Shiite Iraqis and their shot-up van. [US MARINE – says Iraqis are killing their own people and blaming the US & Britain.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The reopening of an airfield by US Marines, who renamed it Bush International Airport, and an official send-off for the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division reported; satellite photo shown of the airfield; scenes shown from Fort Hood, Texas.

(Washington: Bill Plante) President Bush’s war summit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair reviewed; details given about skepticism about the duration of the war and the breadth of its support. [BUSH – states the conflict will last as long as it takes to achieve our objective.] [BLAIR – accuses Iraq of executing British soldiers; says our cause is just.] Apparent agreement in the U.N. Security Council for restarting the oil-for-food program noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) The resignation of Richard Perle as chairman of the Pentagon Policy Board reported.

(Rumalia oil fields, Southern Iraq: Lee Cowan) The threat of mines placed by retreating Iraqi troops, adding to the challenge of extinguishing oil fires, featured; scenes shown of oil infernos. [US Marine Corps Vince MARTINEZ†- says Iraqi soldiers placed anti-tank & anti-personnel mines in the oil fields.] [Firefighter Brian KRAUSE††- says his biggest challenge is getting water.] [Brig. Gen. Robert CREAR††- says it’s a dangerous mission.]

Rather, Dan;
Axelrod, Jim;
Martin, David;
Roberts, John;
Plante, Bill;
Cowan, Lee

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