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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Basra #724795

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 28, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed; map shown of central Iraq. [At the White House, President BUSH - says further sacrifice is necessary.]

(Kuwait City: Mike von Fremd) A loud explosion in a shopping mall in Kuwait City reported.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The explosion of a missile in a civilian neighborhood in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of angry crowds, a destroyed Baath Party headquarters & overnight bombing via "bunker-busters."

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The US plan to hit Iraqi Republican Guard divisions with intense air power examined; night & day fighting scenes; details given of supply problems, traffic jams & deadly ambushes. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - comments on Gen. William Wallace's views.] [Marine Corps Sgt. Jimmy PAIZ†- comments.] [BBC's David WILLIS†- says the infantry is down to one meal a day.] The US focus on resupply--moving food, ammunition & fuel--up the road to Baghdad noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(With the Marines in Iraq: Bob Woodruff) The view of the 5th Regiment Marines on the front lines featured; scenes shown of the Marines waiting in "operation pause" for resupply. [S/Sgt. Jason KAPPEN†, Cpl. Jason CONSIGLIO†, Pfc Bruce GUGRANUS†- talk about logistics, whether they should be moving & being careful.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(On the outskirts of Basra: John Donvan) The chaotic situation in Basra featured; scenes shown from the city's outskirts where all traffic was being stopped & of damages in the city. [OFFICER - says citizens trying to leave the city were fired on by paramilitary forces.] [In Dearborn, Michigan, Ali BAHAJ‡- says the conditions in Basra are terrible.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(With US Special Forces in northern Iraq: Jim Sciutto) US military efforts to flush out Ansar al-Islam†† near the Iran-Iraq border featured; scenes shown of air strikes in the mountains & of a surveillance drone. [SOLDIER - talks about the terrain.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Rumsfeld's warning that Iran & Syria not get involved in the war with Iraq noted; scenes shown of demonstrations against the war; details given of the view that this is a war against Islam.

Jennings, Peter;
von Fremd, Mike;
Engel, Richard;
McWethy, John;
Woodruff, Bob;
Donvan, John;
Sciutto, Jim

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