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ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 04, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Another traumatic day for the people in Baghdad as the US effort to close off the city continues reported.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The apparent tour of Baghdad by President Saddam Hussein, whose public relations campaign is aimed at reassuring Iraqis, featured; scenes shown of Saddam amidst the crowds & of Iraqis leaving the city.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) Today's unusual public appearance by Saddam examined; scenes shown. [Former counterterrorism czar consultant Richard CLARKE†- says people will now believe Saddam is alive & giving orders.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The collapse of Iraq's elite divisions around Baghdad featured; scenes shown from the airport, of skirmishes & of shelling on the other side of the city; map shown. [3rd Infantry Division, 1st Brigade, Col. William GRIMSLEY†- comments.] The role of special operations forces now & after the city is taken outlined on screen. [Joint Staff Operations vice director Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- cites the most effective use of special operations forces.] [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- describes a suicide bomb attack on a Marine checkpoint.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ted Koppel) The fight for the Baghdad airport featured; scenes shown of US tanks on the air base, smoking ammo dumps & abandoned planes. [3rd Infantry Division Maj. Gen. Buford BLOUNT†- outlines how the airport will be used.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Southeast of Baghdad: Mike Cerre) The view from the front line with the 1st Marine Division, 5th Regiment, presented; scenes shown of the battle in an industrial area southeast of Baghdad.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The accidental killing of civilians by Marines noted; scenes shown of a tank rolling over a statue of Saddam.

(Najaf, Iraq: Don Dahler) The view from the front line with the 101st Airborne in Najaf featured; scenes shown of soldiers looking for a Baath Party official. [SOLDIER - says we are hunting for Nasim Samir‡.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from the father of captured soldier Jessica Lynch, who was rescued from a hospital where she had been held prisoner by the Iraqis, noted.

(Washington: Martha Raddatz) The role of an Iraqi, "Mohammed," in saving Lynch's life in the hospital in Nasiriyah featured; details given of the specifics of what Mohammed did to help. [Brother Greg LYNCH†- says he was a good-hearted person.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Casualty figures cited. The death of "Atlantic Monthly" writer Michael Kelly† while travelling with the 3rd Infantry Division reported; photos shown.

Jennings, Peter;
Engel, Richard;
Ross, Brian;
McWethy, John;
Koppel, Ted;
Cerre, Mike;
Dahler, Don;
Raddatz, Martha

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