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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Tikrit / Baghdad / POWs #726071

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 14, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The fall of the last bastion of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime in Tikrit featured; scenes shown of the US forces moving into an empty city; details given of the start of the pullout from the Persian Gulf by the Navy & Air Force planes. [SOLDIER - says he's ready to go home.] [Joint Staff Operations vice director Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- says there will still be minor operations.] The two major challenges noted: to find Iraq's leaders & to stop guerrilla attacks. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we will examine possible measures against Syria.] Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's highlighting of grievances against Syria mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tikrit: Jim Sciutto) The fate of Tikrit, long the sanctuary for Iraq's leader, featured; scenes shown of US Marines, helicopters & tanks moving in & of Iraqis complaining. [SOLDIER - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Dan Harris) Attempts to restore order in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of Iraqi police officers cooperating with the US Marines, of Iraqis protesting & armed civilians in "Saddam City." [Lt. Al ESKALIS†- says we are looking at each individual volunteer.] [At hospital, Dr. Ahmad NASSER†- says the US came for the oil.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The tour of a Baghdad residence of one of Saddam's sons, including his large cats & classic cars, shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: Dean Reynolds) The story of the American POWs who were captured three weeks ago when making a wrong turn in Nasiriyah & rescued in Samarra† on April 13 presented; scenes shown of the soldiers in captivity & later freed. ["Washington Post" reporter Peter BAKER - says the soldiers' guns were jammed by the sand, so they surrendered; describes how the captives were treated.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Casualty figures cited; scenes shown of three funerals.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Sciutto, Jim;
Harris, Dan;
Reynolds, Dean

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