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Iraq-War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Basra #725468

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 07, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The first visit by US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy Franks† inside Iraq since the war began reported; photos shown; map of Baghdad shown.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The US invasion of Baghdad featured; scenes shown of tanks & troops in the center of the city, the fight by Marines east of the city & of the Army in the west. [3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, Col. "GOT"†- says an option is to maintain a longer presence in the city.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says President Saddam Hussein no longer runs much of Iraq.] The likely death in Basra by bombing of Ali Hassan al-Majid††, known as "Chemical Ali," noted; scenes shown of the British in Basra.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The resistance in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of the firefight along the river & the damages from heavy bombing. [Iraqi minister of information Mohammed Saeed al-SAHHAF†- says we killed most of them.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Baghdad: Ted Koppel) The view from the front line with the 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, where there is now a "ring of steel" around the city, discussed; scenes shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Defense Department video of a missile launched from a Harrier jet shown; scenes shown from Karbala where US troops were investigating a site of possible chemical weapons.

(Washington: Martha Raddatz) The search for chemical weapons in Iraq featured; details given of conflicting reports that the 101st Airborne Division found 20 artillery rockets with chemical warheads & of large drums testing positive for sarin. [Voice of NPR reporter John BURNETT†- says there was actual sarin & mustard gas in the projectiles.] [Center for Nonproliferation Studies Jonathan TUCKER†- says it would be hazardous to test in the field.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says it takes days to get the samples tested carefully.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Basra: John Donvan) The chaotic situation in Basra featured; scenes shown of civilians looting state properties. [IRAQI - says we need help.] [British army Maj. Giles HILL†- comments on the military mission in Basra.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Casualty figures outlined on screen; scenes shown of Iraqis in the hospital.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Anti-war demonstrations in Oakland, California, shown.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Engel, Richard;
Koppel, Ted;
Raddatz, Martha;
Donvan, John

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