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Iraq War / Military Campaign / The Front Lines #725355

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 03, 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 as US forces close in on Baghdad reviewed; details given of the blackout in Baghdad and the issue of whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is alive; military video shown of a raid on one of Saddam’s palaces; Abu Dhabi TV images shown of explosions in Baghdad; scenes shown of Saddam on Iraqi TV. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says for the senior leadership there is no way out.] Investigation into friendly fire incidents noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(With the 3rd Infantry Division, near Baghdad: David Bloom) The 3rd Infantry Division’s approach to Baghdad featured; map shown of the 3rd’s surprise attack maneuver on the Republican Guard near Karbala; scenes shown of burning armor, Iraqi POW encampments and MLRS rockets firing.

(With the Marines in central Iraq: Chip Reid) The Marines’ firefight in Al Aziziyah† featured; scenes shown of Iraqi refugees and prisoners, of fighting, and of Marine doctors treating wounded Americans & Iraqis. [3rd Battalion, 5th Marines Cpl. Joshua KRUTAK†, Cpl. Travis DAY†- react to firing their weapons for the first time in combat.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Irvine) A dangerous day on the road to Baghdad’s main airport featured; scenes shown of journalists taking cover with the Iraqi army as artillery fire begins.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s speech at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and the meeting of international leaders in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the future of Iraq noted; scenes shown of Secretary of State Colin Powell in Brussels. [At Camp Lejeune, BUSH – says we will now go the last 200 yards.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Bloom, David;
Reid, Chip;
Irvine, John

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