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Iraq War / Saddam / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Mosul #726099

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 11, 2003
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Growing evidence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein may be dead; the hunt for key members of the regime and rampant looting in Iraq’s major cities reported; scenes shown of special decks of cards with fugitives’ pictures and of chaos & looting in Mosul. [President BUSH – says Saddam is no longer in power.] [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS†- says regime members are either dead or running.]

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign presented; details given about intelligence concerning the fate of Saddam and the search for fleeing regime members; scenes shown of Marines firing on a bus outside a military compound; Apache helicopter video shown of abandoned Iraqi tanks. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – notes uncertainty about whether Saddam is dead.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Widespread disorder throughout Baghdad featured; Abu Dhabi TV images shown of the burning Ministry of Planning; scenes shown of Iraqis looting while US Marines stand by, of devastated buildings, of a dead body inside a burned-out car; of the “daily ritual” of the bashing of one of Saddam’s statues and of Marines giving medical attention to a wounded Iraqi civilian. [Former Iraqi soldier Maj. Naji ALWAL†- says we are happy when we see the Americans.]

(Mosul, Iraq: Allen Pizzey) Anarchy in Mosul after the disappearance of Saddam’s loyalists featured; details given about Mosul Arabs’ fear that Kurds will take over the city; scenes shown of Mosul residents firing guns and pillaging and of Iraqi soldiers walking toward Baghdad. [Two Mosul ARABS – say they want the Americans to come for security.] [Mosul RESIDENT – says Iraqi policemen must come back.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Lara Logan) The views of US soldiers & Marines who fought their way into Baghdad featured; details given about the anger of some Iraqis toward people who work for Saddam; scenes shown of a crowd attacking a man suspected of being part of Saddam’s regime. [US Marine Corps 1st. Lt. Jay PHILLIPS†- says the peacekeeping role is much harder; describes hostilities still frequent in Baghdad.] [Baghdad MAN {thru translator} – says after 6 or 7 months American soldiers have to leave.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Bush shown visiting military hospitals in the Washington, DC, area. [BUSH – relates one soldier’s bravery.]

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Pizzey, Allen;
Logan, Lara

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