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Iraq War / Military Campaign / Baghdad / Friendly Fire / Postwar / Bloom Death #726294

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 06, 2003
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(Studio: Claire Shipman) The US military's approach to Baghdad & Basra reviewed; map & scenes shown.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The battles for Baghdad & Basra featured; scenes shown of the fighting as troops & tanks move into the area. [BBC's Gavin HEWITT†- describes what happened in the fighting outside Baghdad.] [On "This Week," Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman Gen. Peter PACE†- says we prefer not to fight in the city.] [Military consultant retired Maj. Gen. William NASH†- comments.] [In Basra, British SOLDIER - talks about the fight.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Another statement attributed to Saddam noted.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The situation in Baghdad reviewed; scenes shown of the night bombing, damages, a burned-out American tank. [Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-SAHHAF†- says we are chasing them & they retreat.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Report introduced.

(Northern Iraq: John Simpson) The intense fighting in northern Iraq, including another friendly fire incident, featured; live scenes shown of an advancing group of Kurdish troops struck by an American plane, including blood on the camera lens, a burning truck & wounded men.*

(Studio: Claire Shipman) An incident on the Iraq-Syria border in which Russian diplomats came under fire reported.

(Iraq: Don Dahler) The view from the front line with the 101st Airborne, Delta Co., which found a cache of weapons & hidden chemicals, featured; scenes shown from near the Euphrates River. [Army Capt. Ken HUTCHISON†- describes the reaction to chemicals.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Report introduced.

(Southern Iraq: Charles Glass) The airlifting in of Iraqi opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi & his fighters to help in the change of regime in Iraq featured; scenes shown of the group.

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Report introduced.

(White House: John Cochran) President Bush's meeting in Northern Ireland tomorrow with British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† about which Iraqis should be in power in the postwar government & the role of the U.N. in Iraq previewed; details given of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's support for Iraqi exiles like Chalabi while Secretary of State Colin Powell supports choosing Iraqis still inside the country. [Deputy Defense secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ†- says a lot of people will help.] [On Fox, Iraqi exile Kanan MAKIYA†- talks about "radical" democracy.] [Senator John WARNER†- talks about a transition government until Iraqis can elect their own government.]

(Studio: Claire Shipman) Casualty figures outlined on screen; scenes shown from Ft. Bliss, Texas, where the victims of the 507th Maintenance Co., which was ambushed in Iraq, were mourned.

(Studio: Claire Shipman) The death of NBC reporter David Bloom from a blood clot reported; scenes shown of Bloom covering the Iraq war & other earlier stories.

Shipman, Claire;
McWethy, John;
Engel, Richard;
Simpson, John;
Dahler, Don;
Glass, Charles;
Cochran, John

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