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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Saddam’s Appearances / The Front Lines #725451

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 04, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign following US forces’ capture of Baghdad’s airport reviewed; details given about the expectations for the battle to gain control of Baghdad; animated map shown; scenes shown of the fight for the airport, Iraqi prisoners, Iraqis fleeing Baghdad and of two women, who later were involved in a suicide attack, vowing vengeance against coalition forces. [Pentagon spokesperson Victoria CLARKE††- says we realize the fighting from a desperate, dying regime could be intense.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL††- says Iraqi troops have not fought logically from the beginning.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman Gen. Peter PACE††- says Iraqis who fight will die.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The airing of a tape apparently showing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein walking through cheering crowds on the streets of Baghdad reported.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) US intelligence officials’ reaction to two new tapes of Saddam featured; details given about analysis of the tapes to determine if Saddam is still alive; scenes shown from the tapes of Saddam among his supporters and delivering a speech. [Former US military attaché Lt. Col. Rick FRANCONA†- says it would be difficult to stage that sort of tape.] [Foreign policy expert Michael O’HANLON†- offers an explanation for Saddam’s decision to go out in public.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says it is irrelevant whether Saddam is alive or dead.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Southwest of Baghdad: David Bloom) The job of the 3rd Infantry Division to guard a bridge over the Euphrates River featured; scenes shown of destroyed Iraqi armor; firefights; a stockpile of Iraqi weapons and chemical weapons protection gear. [3rd Infantry Division infantry commander Capt. Josh WRIGHT†- comments on the Iraqis’ fighting techniques.] [3rd Infantry Division combat task force commander Lt. Col. Stephen TWITTY†- says we can deal with the pockets of resistance.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The arrival in northern Iraq of humanitarian aid from Turkey and surgery in Germany for rescued soldier PFC Jessica Lynch reported; scenes shown of the aid convoy on the road in Silopi, Turkey. More images of the war on msnbc.com noted. Casualty figures cited. A view from the front lines of US Marine L/Cpl. Alex Rivera† trying to cheer up Iraqi children shown. [In Nasiriyah, Iraq, RIVERA – explains how the situation came about.]

(Note: Local weather bulletin on screen.)

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Bloom, David

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