CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.
(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about the ground offensive against Republican Guard divisions in the battle for Baghdad and questions about whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is alive; animated map shown; satellite photo shown of obstacles in the terrain. [US MARINE – talks about weakening of the Baghdad Division of the Republican Guard.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on the fact that Saddam did not show up for his televised speech.] [US Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John KELLY- talks about the “chemical red line” around Baghdad.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Najaf, Iraq: Mark Strassmann) The 101st Airborne Division’s fight into Najaf featured; details given about Fedayeen fighters hiding inside Najaf's Holy Shrine Tomb of Ali, which is sacred to Shia Muslims; scenes shown from Najaf. [US Army Sgt. John MUDD- talks about being cautious of the civilians.] [US Army Col. Chris HUGHES- comments on trying to protect the mosque.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The arrival in Kuwait of reinforcements for US forces in Iraq reported; scenes shown of equipment being unloaded in Kuwait.
(White House: Bill Plante) Questions directed at Rumsfeld about the adequacy of the military plan examined; Lt. Gen. William Wallace’s statement on Iraqi resistance quoted. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says you can’t explain anything some unnamed colonel says to a newspaper.] [US Army retired Col. Mitch MITCHELL- says having more forces at the beginning of a war increases the chances of ending it sooner.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS- defends Rumsfeld.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The blocking by Jordanian authorities of two Iraqi terrorist plots aimed at Americans in Jordan and the release of four journalists who were detained in Iraq reported; scenes shown of Matt McAllester, Moises Saman, Molly Bingham and Johan Spanner.
(Iraq: Byron Pitts) Rescue helicopter crews profiled; details given about their mission to rescue the injured, American or enemy. [Three CREWMEN – comment on their job.]