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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Postwar Plan #725341

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 03, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The arrival of US forces at Baghdad’s airport and the cutoff of power in the city reported; scenes shown of the city in darkness; map shown of the advance on Baghdad by the Army’s 3rd Infantry and the Marines.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about the Americans’ advance as they begin to close in on Baghdad; Department of Defense video shown of a raid on a compound built by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein; scenes shown of American soldiers tossing Frisbees to Iraqi children. [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- comments on the weakening regime.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says the Iraqis have conducted exercises suggesting they want to fight in the city.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Axelrod) The 3rd Infantry Division’s takeover of Saddam International Airport featured; scenes shown of Iraqi civilians greeting the Americans and of firefights near the airport.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: David Chater) The effect of the intense bombing and the takeover of the airport on the people of Baghdad featured; Abu Dhabi TV images shown of explosions; scenes shown of Baghdad citizens.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) A look at a possible scenario for taking control of Baghdad presented; maps & satellite photos shown. [MYERS – comments on shutting down the infrastructure.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports that some Iraqi soldiers may have American uniforms to use to confuse US forces noted.

(Najaf, Iraq: Mark Strassmann) The tension that erupted in Najaf when an angry crowd thought American troops were storming the mosque featured; scenes shown of the explosion of a statue of Saddam and of the volatile scene at the mosque. [Najaf resident Hussein JASEM†- says the people want the Americans to protect them but after that, a national government.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Casualty figures cited. [At Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, President BUSH – remembers the fallen.]

(White House: Bill Plante) Debate over who should & should not have a say in the rebuilding of Iraq featured. [French Foreign Minister Dominique de VILLEPIN†- says we believe the U.N. should have a central role in the reconstruction of Iraq.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – comments on the coalition’s expenses: political, financial, and in lives.]

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Axelrod, Jim;
Chater, David;
Stewart, Jim;
Strassmann, Mark;
Plante, Bill

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