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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Iraqi Americans #725620

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003
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(Jordan: Dan Rather) The fall of Baghdad reported; scenes shown of American tanks rolling through the city while Iraqis cheer.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The arrival of US Marines in central Baghdad as the Iraqi government appears to have crumbled featured; scenes shown of frenzied crowds cheering the toppling of a statue of President Saddam Hussein, of Marines entering the city in armored vehicles, of scared Iraqi women & children and of a skirmish with Iraqi resistance fighters. [Two MARINES – describe the welcome by Baghdad residents.]

(Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Byron Pitts) A firefight in eastern Baghdad described; scenes shown of Iraqis bringing down Saddam’s statue at the Ministry of Oil and of the fighting which broke out with Fedayeen paramilitary fighters. [Iraqi MAN – says Saddam is dead.] [US MARINE – says he feels as proud as the Iraqis.]

(Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign as US forces take control of central Baghdad presented; details given about the tasks still to be done: search for Saddam & American POWs, liberate northern Iraq, and find weapons of mass destruction; map shown. [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- warns the Iraqis about the treatment of prisoners; reviews the situation in northern Iraq.]

(Jordan: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Roberts) Widespread looting in Baghdad due to the vanishing of government authority featured; scenes shown of Iraqis hauling off looted items. [Two US MARINES – describe the remaining pockets of resistance in Baghdad.]

(Jordan: Dan Rather) Casualty figures cited.

(Baghdad: Jim Axelrod) The loss of two sergeants, Sgt. Paul Smith†† and Sgt. Linc Hollensaid††, from the 3rd Infantry Division’s Bravo Company during fierce fighting featured. [US Army Pvt. Michael SEAMAN†- describes the skirmish in which Smith was killed.] [US Army Sgt. Tim CAMPBELL†- talks about Hollensaid.] [US Army Sgt. Matthew KELLER†- reacts to the loss of two leaders.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) An outpouring of elation from Americans of Iraqi descent in Dearborn, Michigan, reported; scenes shown of the demonstration.

Rather, Dan;
Logan, Lara;
Pitts, Byron;
Martin, David;
Roberts, John;
Axelrod, Jim;
Smith, Harry

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