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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Basra #725502

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 07, 2003
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(Persian Gulf Region: Dan Rather) The presence of the US military in Baghdad noted; scenes shown of US troops inside a palace of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed. [In Iraq, US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS@- says the hardest part may be in front of us.]

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign as US troops begin to occupy portions of Baghdad presented; details given about the fighting in Basra, where Ali Hassan al-Majid%, known as “Chemical Ali,” was probably killed; photo shown of American soldiers lounging in the presidential palace; satellite photo shown of locations visited by patrols of the 3rd Infantry Division; scenes shown of fighting in Baghdad, Basra and northern Iraq. The discovery by US troops of steel drums which tested positive for blister agent & nerve agent noted.

(Persian Gulf Region: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Axelrod) The 3rd Infantry Division’s invasion of Baghdad featured; details given about the raid on Saddam’s palace and the dismantling of symbols of the regime; scenes shown of the palace and of a statue of Saddam being toppled in Basra. [US Army PFC Daniel DUNN@, Col. Will GRIMSLEY@- react to being in the palace.] [Lt. Col. Rock MARCONE@- says we’re close to this being over.]

(Persian Gulf Region: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The heavy toll on Saddam’s supporters and civilians in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of bombing in Baghdad, wounded Iraqi soldiers and civilians, destroyed buildings. [Iraqi MAN – rails at President Bush.] [Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-SAHHAF@- says we will slaughter all the invaders.]

(Persian Gulf Region: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Near Baghdad: John Roberts) The Marines’ cleanup of towns previously bypassed on the road to Baghdad featured; details given about Iraqi troops’ use of schools for gun emplacements and about the lessening of civilians’ fear of speaking out against Saddam; scenes shown of weapons inside an Aziziyah% school, including some American-made missiles. [US Marine Corps Maj. Jeff WIGGINS@- says soldiers were living in schools.] [MARINE – comments on the American missiles.] [US Marine Corps Sgt. Barnett SIMMS@- says the Iraqi troops fled.] [Two Iraqi MEN – comment on their new freedom of speech.]

(Persian Gulf Region: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kuwait: Mark Phillips) The consolidation of the British hold on Basra featured; scenes shown of troops moving through the city, of Iraqi looters and of a torture chamber.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Casualty figures outlined. Rescued soldier PFC Jessica Lynch’s condition updated.

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Axelrod, Jim;
Logan, Lara;
Roberts, John;
Phillips, Mark;
Smith, Harry

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