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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Lynch Rescue #725279

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The crushing of two key Republican Guard divisions reported; map shown of US forces’ advance on Baghdad.

(Central Iraq: Jim Axelrod) The 3rd Infantry Division’s battle to cross the Euphrates River featured; scenes shown of armored vehicles crossing the bridge, night fighting, Iraqi prisoners. [US Army Sgt. John KURTZ†, Lt. Col. Rock MARCONE†- comment on the battle at Karbala.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Near Kut, Iraq: John Roberts) The Marines’ push to Baghdad from the east featured; satellite photo shown of the Numaniyah† Bridge over the Tigris River; fighting scenes shown. [US Marine Corps Capt. Ivan MONCLOVA†- reviews the day’s progress.] [US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Eddie RAY†- comments on the possibility of encountering chemical weapons.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about the final stages of the advance to Baghdad; scenes shown of advancing US forces and burned-out Iraqi vehicles; Iraqi TV scenes shown of fighting and Iraqi soldiers celebrating. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- says we are planning for a difficult fight ahead.] Interception of Iraqi communications referring to the use of chemical weapons noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Oil fires in Baghdad; Iraqi claims that a US missile hit a hospital and the Iraqi government’s withdrawal of some of Al Jazeera’s reporters’ press credentials noted; satellite photo shown of the smoke cover over Baghdad; scenes shown of destruction at the hospital.

(Kuwait: Mark Phillips) British forces’ battle for Basra featured; details given of the care being taken to avoid killing civilians; scenes shown of soldiers searching houses and a torture cell of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s secret police. [British SOLDIER – says we’ve not caused any civilian casualties.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) The arrival of rescued soldier PFC Jessica Lynch at a military hospital in Germany reported; scenes shown from Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

(Kuwait: Lee Cowan) The daring mission, involving several military branches, to save Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, related; details given about the discovery of 11 bodies on the hospital grounds; 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.] [Iraqi PHARMACIST – describes Jessica’s condition.]

Rather, Dan;
Axelrod, Jim;
Roberts, John;
Martin, David;
Phillips, Mark;
Cowan, Lee

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