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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad #725213

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) An intense day in the war in Iraq reviewed; scenes shown of firing in northern Iraq & bombing in Baghdad; map shown of central Iraq near Baghdad, where heavy fighting is going on.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The big battle south of Baghdad featured; scenes shown from the field, of weapons caches & of the first Iraqis speaking out against President Saddam Hussein. [3rd Infantry Division Col. Wesley GILMAN†- says the battle for Baghdad has begun.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- says Iraq is moving forces around.] [British land forces commander Maj. Gen. Robin BRIMS†- says we are attending to the Iraqi irregular forces.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Video shown of a wounded American soldier & of another soldier describing the fight.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) Telephone report from Baghdad presented; scenes shown from Iraq TV of a message from Saddam's information minister; of the US bombing of Hillah, which killed civilians & from the streets of Baghdad.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Near Halabajah, northern Iraq: Jim Sciutto) The view from the front lines in northern Iraq where the mission for the Special Forces is to root out Ansar Al-Islam fighters featured; scenes shown of firing in the mountains & materials left behind that indicate possible chemical weapons tests. [SOLDIER - comments on the operation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The accusations against the US battle plan for the war with Iraq featured; details recalled of last week's statement from Gen. William Wallace that the war could last longer than anticipated. [MYERS - says the reports are bogus.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - compares a "plan" to a family budget.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics cited on food, water & fuel delivered to the region.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Engel, Richard;
Sciutto, Jim;
Raddatz, Martha

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