ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The visit by US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy Franks to Baghdad to meet with his generals & by the Iraqi National Congress figure Ahmed Chalabi reported.
(Baghdad: Brian Ross) ABC's discovery of secret Iraqi intelligence files in two Baghdad homes featured; scenes shown of the documents, some of which are described. [Former CIA officer/consultant Bob BAER, former US diplomat/consultant Peter GALBRAITH- talk about the intelligence & what they tell about son Uday Hussein.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: John McWethy) The US search for President Saddam Hussein & key Iraqi leaders featured; details given of evidence about satellite & cell phone use by the former leadership, who are plotting to escape. [Joint Staff Operations vice director Maj. Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL- says we have not moved into some parts of the country.] US pressure on Syria to turn over Iraqi diplomats noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Denials from Syria cited.
(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The quiet counter trend of civic activism in Iraq featured; scenes shown to illustrate how locals in Baghdad are volunteering to rebuild & restore communities.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The shift of the seven former American POWs to Germany reported; scenes shown from Ramstein Air Base.
(State Department: Martha Raddatz) The complicated case of captured terrorist Abu Abbas reviewed; details recalled of his conviction by Italy in 1986 for masterminding the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro, on which American Leon Klinghoffer was murdered & of the problem for the US in holding on to Abu Abbas. [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS- says Abu Abbas is a terrorist.] [In April 1996, ABU ABBAS - says the killing of the passenger was a mistake.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The Pentagon's cost dilemma for the war noted.
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