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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Battle for Baghdad #725398

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 05, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The battle for Baghdad introduced; map & inset scenes shown.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The daring daybreak raid into Baghdad & the possible bombing death in Basra of Iraq's Ali Hassan al-Majid††, known as "Chemical Ali," featured; scenes shown from Baghdad & Basra. ["Washington Post" reporter Anthony SHADID†- comments on the raid.] [US Central Command Maj. Gen. Victor RENUART†- says there is some chaos in Baghdad.] [Voice of 9th Air Force/US Central Command commander Lt. Gen. Michael MOSELEY†- says the Republican Guard is being killed.] Another videotape shown of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with his two sons.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Irvine) The view from the street level in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of damages & Iraqi artillery pieces while travelling with Iraqi officials. [Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-SAHHAF†- says we crushed the forces at the airport, which is controlled by the Republican Guard.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Karbala: Dana Lewis) The US assault on Karbala by the Army's 101st Airborne featured; scenes shown of a firefight, weapons stashes & a statue of Saddam. [Lt. Jason WAYNE†- comments on the Iraqi resistance.] [Col. Joe ANDERS0N†- says our job is to minimize destruction while winning the fight.] [Maj. Gen. David PETRAEUS†- refuses to speculate on when the fighting will be over.]

(With the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines: Chip Reid) The firefight by the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, south of Baghdad, against foreign fighters featured; scenes shown of firing & dead bodies, weapons & uniforms. [Maj. James MORRIS†, two MARINES - comment on the foreign fighters.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) American casualty figures outlined on screen.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Statement from President Bush about the war, his meeting Monday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† & the discovery of boxes of human remains in Basra reported.

Seigenthaler, John;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Irvine, John;
Lewis, Dana;
Reid, Chip

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