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Iraq War / Military Campaign #725173

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 31, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Najaf, Iraq: Mark Strassmann) An engagement highlighting new tactics aimed at stopping the Iraqis’ harassment attacks featured; details given about searches in urban neighborhoods for Iraqi paramilitary troops hiding in buildings; scenes shown of a cache of weapons found in an armory. [US Army Sgt. Patrick REED†, Lt. Brent SCURCI†- comment on the battle at Najaf.] [US SOLDIER – comments on a man who was stopped a checkpoint with a large wad of cash and a Baath Party ID card.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The tragic incident in which American troops opened fire on a van carrying civilians after it failed to stop at a checkpoint reported.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about bombardments concentrated on Republican Guard units near Baghdad and difficulties taking control of the south; scenes shown of armored cavalry regiment soldiers preparing to ship out. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- says we are seeing weakening of Republican Guard forces.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kuwait City: Mark Phillips) The unexpectedly tough resistance being faced by British troops around the city of Basra featured; details given about the hardships forced on the civilians because of the ongoing fighting; battle scenes shown. [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- says the Iraqi people are still under the boot of the regime.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Burns) The view that loosening the hold of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s regime is proving to be tougher than expected noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report from the International Red Cross that it has begun visiting Iraqi prisoners of war held by coalition forces and “Newsday” magazine’s concern that Iraq is holding two of its journalists, Matthew McAllester†† and Moises Saman††, mentioned; casualty figures cited.

(Iraq: Byron Pitts) The impact of the loss of three members of a Marine Expeditionary Force unit featured; details given about the crash of their Huey helicopter during a “brownout.” [US Marine commanding OFFICER – says we go on with heavy hearts.]

Rather, Dan;
Strassmann, Mark;
Martin, David;
Phillips, Mark;
Burns, John;
Pitts, Byron

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