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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Saddam’s Appearances / Baghdad / Ajami Interview #725436

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 04, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) Two TV appearances by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein featured; details given of Saddam’s words indicating he survived the first US strike on his bunker and his threats of suicide attacks; scenes shown from Iraqi TV of Saddam in the streets of Baghdad amid cheering crowds and delivering a speech, of destruction in Baghdad and of Iraqis fleeing the city.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about Saddam’s diminishing military options. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- comments on the degradation of the Republican Guard.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Axelrod) The 3rd Infantry Division’s work to secure the Baghdad airport featured; details given of the significance of capturing the airport; scenes shown of tanks on the tarmac and capture & wounded Iraqi prisoners. [US Army Col. Will GRIMSLEY†, US Army Capt. Jared ROBBINS†- comment on the condition of the Iraqi military.] [US Army Sgt. John CLESKE†- says we completed our mission.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(West of Kut, Iraq: John Roberts) The impact on the Marines of the arrival of mail from home following an intense period of battling their way to Baghdad featured; scenes shown of Marines resting after their fatiguing road march and receiving mail. [US Marine Corps CWO John CASS†, L/Cpl. Ronald RUGER†, Sgt. Gregory KNAUSS†, two MARINES- react to getting mail.] The removal of Col. Joe Dowdy††, a top field commander in charge of the 1st Regimental combat team, noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Taped interview with Middle East expert Fouad Ajami† about his perspective on the war presented. [AJAMI – says Saddam’s supporters will have to make a stand because they know what happened to the other Iraqis; comments on Saddam’s TV appearances; predicts Baghdad is a last-ditch fight for the Republican Guard and the leaders of the regime.] Casualty figures cited. The death of “Atlantic Monthly” journalist Michael Kelly† noted.

Rather, Dan;
Logan, Lara;
Martin, David;
Axelrod, Jim;
Roberts, John

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