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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad #725586

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) An extraordinary day in the ancient Arab capital of Baghdad that is now controlled by American soldiers featured; scenes shown of soldiers & crowds.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The situation in Baghdad reviewed; details given of the disappearance of the government; scenes shown of the toppling of a statue of President Saddam Hussein & of Iraqi looting. [3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Lt. Col. Bryan McCOY†- says Saddam was finished; states there will be pockets of resistance.] [Two Iraqi MEN - speak against Saddam.] [Iraqi MAN - calls the Americans liars.] [Marine Sgt. Lee BUTTRILL†- says he wants to help Iraq recover.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Large map of Baghdad shown.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The movement of the US forces into Baghdad featured; scenes shown of fighting in the west, Marines being greeted by residents in "Saddam City" & downtown, last night's air strikes [Reporter Mike CERRE†- says we were greeted by smiling civilians.] [Iraqi MAN - thanks President Bush.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says this is a good day for the Iraqi people, but the fighting is not over.] [Former Joint Staff operations director retired Lt. Gen. Gregory NEWBOLD†- says the strike was against the minds of the enemy leaders.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ted Koppel) The view from the front line with the 3rd Infantry Division presented; scenes shown of the damages from the fighting in Baghdad. [S/Sgt. Charles WOOTEN†- shows his damaged tank.] [Inside a viewing stand, Maj. Gen. Buford BLOUNT†- says it is an historical day in downtown Baghdad.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: Martha Raddatz) The question of whether or not Saddam is dead or alive examined; scenes shown of rubble in Baghdad. [Former counterintelligence czar Richard CLARKE†- says Saddam was in a restaurant when the bombing started.] [RUMSFELD - says regime leaders are moving into Syria.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Outside Kirkuk: Jim Sciutto) The ongoing fight led by Special Forces in the north against pockets of Iraqi resistance featured; scenes shown from Irbil, where Kurds chanted "down with Saddam" & of fighting by US & Kurdish troops near Kirkuk. [SOLDIER - comments on the battle.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The situation in Basra where the British hope to install a local religious Shiite Muslim leader while water & power are restored reported; scenes shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The reaction in the Arab & Muslim world reported & Al Jazeera quoted. American casualty figures cited.

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

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