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Iraq War / Tikrit / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Syria / POWs #726154

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 14, 2003
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Tikrit, Iraq: Allen Pizzey) The fall of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s last bastion, Tikrit, featured; scenes shown from inside Saddam’s Tikrit palace and of US Marines’ armored vehicles moving through the town. [Tikrit MAN {thru translator} – says this will be like occupied Palestine.] [US Marine Corps Capt. Ben O’ROURKE†- says they had intelligence that Fedayeen and Republican Guard troops would be in the palace.] [Marines Sgt. Ben HOLMES†- examines an Iraqi rifle.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Note: different report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the military campaign, with the major combat operations completed, presented; details given about the pullout of some US forces and about unfinished business, including unaccounted-for Iraqi fighters & weapons, the looting problem and the fate of Saddam, whose half-brother, Hasan al-Tikriti†, has been captured. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL†- says today was the last day that aircraft from all 5 carrier groups will fly missions into Iraq.] [4th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Ray ODIERNO†- says this part is tougher than combat.] The discovery of buried containers which contain equipment similar to that used in making biological warfare agents noted.

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The volatile public mood in Baghdad featured; details given about attempts by Iraqi police to enforce law & order; scenes shown of US Marines rounding up unruly civilians and of angry Iraqis protesting against the US.

(White House: Bill Plante) US accusations against Syria, signaling that it may be the next target in the war against terrorism, featured; details given about a CIA report detailing Syria’s chemical & biological weapons program and about the allegation that Syria is harboring Iraqi fugitives. [Yesterday, President BUSH – says we believe there are chemical weapons in Syria.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says Syria should review its behavior in respect to supporting terrorist activity.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Kuwait City: Mark Phillips) The rescue of the “lucky seven” American POWs featured; scenes shown of the soldiers in captivity and boarding an American plane and of funeral services for their comrades who were killed when their convoy took a wrong turn. [Former POWs Joseph HUDSON††, Edgar HERNANDEZ††- express joy.] [Released POW’s wife Michelle WILLIAMS†, mother Kaye YOUNG†, mother Eunice JOHNSON†- react.] [“Miami Herald” Juan TAMAYO†- says the soldiers were concerned about being killed.] [US Army Col. Jonathan WOODSON†- says it looks like the Iraqis tried to render the best medical care.]

Rather, Dan;
Pizzey, Allen;
Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Phillips, Mark

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