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Iraq War / Baghdad / Military Campaign / Kirkuk #726007

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 10, 2003
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(Studio: Harry Smith) The chaotic situation in Baghdad noted; scenes shown of Iraqi looters and dead bodies in the streets.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The suicide bomb attack on US Marines in Baghdad featured; details given about rampant looting & ransacking by Iraqis; ABC Australia footage shown of American troops firing on a vehicle that failed to stop at a checkpoint; scenes shown of US soldiers checking Iraqi men for explosives and of Iraqis plundering the home of Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz. [US Army SPC Anthony IRVERA†- comments on a battle with Republican Guard fighters & Syrian volunteers.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Roberts) The efforts of the 1st Marines to clear Baghdad of remaining resistance fighters featured; scenes shown of Iraqis looting and destroying images of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and of US Marines in the former headquarters of Saddam’s secret police.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Near Baghdad: Dan Rather) Videophone report from the road to Baghdad with the 3rd Infantry Division presented; details given about guerrilla tactics being used by Iraqis against US troops.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about continuing skirmishes in Baghdad, the push toward the city of Tikrit, and resistance in the western town of Al Qaim; satellite photo shown of Tikrit; scenes shown of a firefight at a Baghdad mosque where US Marines were told Saddam might be meeting.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Preparations by US & Kurdish forces to move against the city of Mosul in northern Iraq noted.

(Kirkuk, Iraq: Allen Pizzey) The fall of Kirkuk featured; details given about the diplomatic dilemma caused by Turkey’s objection to the city’s takeover by Kurds; scenes shown of Iraqi soldiers surrendering, of civilians welcoming the Americans and celebrating liberation, and looters destroying a bottling plant. [Student Adel ARAS†- says we are free today.] [Student Salih KARZAN†- says the Iraqi troops ran away.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) The broadcast in Iraq of “Toward Freedom TV”, featuring speeches by President Bush & British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and a rally at Ground Zero in New York City in support of Americans fighting in Iraq noted; scenes shown of the rally.

Smith, Harry;
Logan, Lara;
Roberts, John;
Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Pizzey, Allen

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