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Iraq War / Military Campaign / The Front Lines / Lynch Rescue #725267

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed; animated map shown.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign reviewed; details given of the final stages of the advance on Baghdad; footage shown of cluster bombs. [US MARINE – comments on the ground war.] [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- says the dagger is pointed at the heart of the regime.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says the Republican Guard around Baghdad represent dangerous days ahead.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- says we are not expecting to drive into Baghdad suddenly.] The arrival of a convoy of US military equipment & vehicles from Turkey noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(With the 1st Marine Corps, Iraq: Chip Reid) The relatively light resistance faced by the Marines on their approach to Baghdad featured; scenes shown of troops crossing the Tigris River, of an Iraqi anti-aircraft gun in a school playground and of children greeting the Marines. [US Marine Corps Capt. Ethan BISHOP†- says we’ve had minimal contact.] [US Marines 1st Lt. Alex D’AMICO†- says it’s pretty low to put guns in schoolyards.]

(An Najaf, Iraq: Dana Lewis) The 101st Airborne Division’s conquest of An Najaf featured; details given of the importance of the Ali mosque; scenes shown of Iraqis welcoming the Americans.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(An Nasiriyah: Kerry Sanders) The dramatic rescue of PFC Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, featured; animated diagram shown of the ambush in which Lynch was captured; satellite photo shown of the Saddam Hospital location; Department of Defense video shown of the rescue; scenes shown from inside the hospital. [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- says the rescuers were loyal to their creed of never leaving a fallen comrade behind.] The discovery of 11 bodies on the hospital grounds reported.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) More on the war with Iraq on msnbc.com noted.

(South-Central Iraq: David Bloom) The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s progress toward Baghdad described.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Reid, Chip;
Lewis, Dana;
Sanders, Kerry;
Bloom, David

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