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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / North #725960

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 10, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The heavy fighting & looting in Baghdad shown.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The unfinished business in Baghdad & other "liberated" cities in Iraq featured; scenes shown of firefights at a Marine checkpoint & near a mosque in Baghdad; details given of a suicide bombing in "Saddam City," of plans to work with tribal leaders to restore order & the murder of two Moslem clerics at the Ali mosque in Najaf. [BBC's David WILLIS†- says it is an intense firefight.] [Marine Capt. Joe PLENZLER†- says it is a chaotic combat zone.] [US Central Command Maj. Gen. Victor RENUART†- talks about how to put the structure back.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The situation in Baghdad for the people & the Marines featured; scenes shown from military checkpoints & of Iraqis looting. [Marine S/Maj. David HOWELL† says now the tough work gets underway to stabilize the city.] [MARINE - comments on the looting.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that Mosul will soon fall noted.

(Kirkuk: Jim Sciutto) The view from the front line in Kirkuk where Kurds & US Special Forces went into the city featured; scenes shown of the residents celebrating & looting. [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Barham SALEH†- says all Kurdish forces will get out.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Turkey's concern with the Kurds mentioned.

(On the Jordan-Iraq border: Dan Harris) The situation at the Iraq-Jordan border featured; scenes shown from the abandoned Iraqi sites that are now being looted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The situation in Basra, which needs clean water & medical supplies, reported.

(White House: Terry Moran) The US start of daily television reports in Iraq featured; scenes shown of C-130 cargo planes that put out radio & TV broadcasts; details given about what will be on the prime time broadcasts. [In recorded message, President BUSH, British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR††- address the Iraqi people.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Casualty figures cited; scenes shown from Arlington National Cemetery of services for Capt. Russell Rippetoe, who died in a car bombing.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Engel, Richard;
Sciutto, Jim;
Harris, Dan;
Moran, Terry

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