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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Road to Baghdad #725316

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 03, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Map shown of the closing in on Baghdad by the Marines & Army.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The US advance on Baghdad featured; scenes shown of a night assault on a palace north of the city; details given of the plan to surround Baghdad & cut it off from the rest of Iraq. [With the 3rd Infantry, voice of reporter Bob SCHMIDT†- says the troops have taken over the Saddam International Airport.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- offers a perspective on Baghdad.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Iraq: Ted Koppel) The view from the front line with the 3rd Infantry Division presented; scenes shown of abandoned Republican Guard boots & helmets & burning tanks along the roadside & of mortar fire.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(South of Baghdad: Mike Cerre) The view from the front line with the 1st Marine Division in central Iraq presented; scenes shown of Iraqi males surrendering, a firefight with Iraqi units & Iraqis on the road.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) A dramatic moment in Najaf as the Iraqi crowd got agitated & the latest Iraqi TV videotape of President Saddam Hussein shown.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The situation in Baghdad under a blackout featured; night & hospital scenes shown. [On TV, Iraqi minister of information Mohammed Saeed al-SAHHAF†- says they are not within a hundred miles of Baghdad.] [Iraqi DOCTOR - cites the increase in premature labor & stillbirths.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pentagon investigation of two incidents of friendly fire in Iraq, American casualties & reports of civilian casualties in Iraq reviewed. [At Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, President BUSH - says no one will be left behind on the battlefield.]

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Koppel, Ted;
Cerre, Mike;
Engel, Richard
Duration:
00:11:50

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