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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / The Front Lines #725516

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 07, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed; map and satellite photo shown of American forces’ encirclement of Baghdad.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign as US troops make a show of strength in Baghdad reviewed; scenes shown of Marines crossing the Tigris River into Baghdad, of the 3rd Infantry at Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’ palace, and of the arrival in Nasiriyah of Iraqi exiles to help fight, including opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi††; map shown of troop movement. [US Central Command spokesman Capt. Frank THORP†- says Saddam’s regime is over.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- comments on the weakened Republican Guard.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says the US will not impose a government on Iraq.] Report that Republican Guard units in northern Iraq are disobeying orders to move south mentioned.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Irvine) The chaos in Baghdad as American troops encounter little resistance in the city’s center featured; details given about a raid on Saddam’s palace and an explosion in a residential area; scenes shown of a firefight with Iraqi troops at the Tigris River, of Iraqi troops fleeing and of the lavishly decorated palace.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(With the 101st Airborne near Karbala, Iraq: Dana Lewis) The 101st Airborne Division’s discovery of a cache of barrels that may contain chemical weapons featured; scenes shown of Fox chemical detection units, of the agricultural warehouse where the barrels were found and of a guerrilla training center containing weapons and chemical protection suits. [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY†- says you want to be confident before announcing there is a smoking gun.] [RUMSFELD – says the prudent thing is to let it play itself out.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Southern Iraq: Bill Neely) The British Marines’ advance into Basra while the Iraqis resort to looting due to the lack of authority featured; scenes shown of looters, of Marines breaking down the door into Saddam’s palace of Iraqi prisoners and celebrating crowds.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Desperation for water in Najaf; the docking in Umm Qasr of a British aid ship and a show of force in Oakland, California, by police who subdued anti-war protestors reported; scenes shown. More coverage on msnbc.com noted.

(Near Baghdad: Chip Reid) The reaction of the 1st Marines to shedding their chemical protection suits for the first time in 19 days featured. [MARINE – comments.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Irvine, John;
Lewis, Dana;
Neely, Bill;
Reid, Chip

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