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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / The Front Lines #725549

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign as the US expands its control of Baghdad reviewed; details given about the US air strike that may have killed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and of the discovery at the Rasheed Military Prison of US uniforms believed to be those of American POWs; scenes shown of the rubble of the building where Saddam was thought to be staying and of US forces firing on the Palestine Hotel, where two journalists were killed; animation shown of a B-1 bomber dropping bunker-busting† bombs; Abu Dhabi TV images shown. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- says we do not have an assessment of what individuals were on site.] [US Army Maj. Gen. Buford BLOUNT†- says our troops were engaging Iraqi soldiers who were put in the hotel by the government.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Events leading up to the decision to drop four bombs in a residential neighborhood in the hope of hitting Saddam examined; animation shown of the chain of communication and the bombing; NBC exclusive pictures shown of an underground bunker. [Intelligence expert retired Lt. Col. Rick FRANCONA†- says the bombing suggests a high level of confidence in the informant.] [Voice of US Air Force Lt. Col. Fred SWAN†- comments on the mission to take out Saddam.] [President BUSH – says Saddam is losing power.] [Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-SAHHAF††- says we are going to destroy the Americans.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The military’s denial that it deliberately targeted the Arab media following the death of an Al Jazeera reporter at the Palestine Hotel noted.

(Baghdad: Neil Connery) The American strike on the Palestine Hotel featured; scenes shown of the chaos after the attack.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) American military casualty figures cited; scenes shown of the funeral in Warsaw, Indiana, for L/Cpl. David Fribley††.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The question of how Saddam’s regime will be held accountable after the war for crimes against humanity used against the Iraqi people examined; scenes shown from the Basra headquarters of Saddam’s secret police and of Iraqi men demonstrating how torture was carried out. [Iraqi MAN – explains how people were tortured.] [Exiled Iraqi judge Tariq al SALEH††- says we can build a new Iraqi system to serve justice.] [State Department Office of War Crimes ambassador Pierre-Richard PROSPER†- says we have the right to prosecute crimes against US military personnel.] [Lawyers Committee for Human Rights Raj PUROHIT†- says we want to provide credible trials for individuals.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Statement from the International Red Cross that the medical situation in Baghdad is extremely critical and the distribution of humanitarian aid in Basra reported; scenes shown from Baghdad hospitals.

(No location given: John Draper) Outpourings of offers to help Iraqi boy Ali Abbas††, who suffered terrible injuries when a missile destroyed his home, presented; scenes shown of Ali in the hospital. [Prosthetist Nick HILLSDON†- talks about fitting Ali for artificial limbs.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Connery, Neil;
Williams, Pete;
Draper, John

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