CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The latest developments in Iraq as the US shifts into a postwar phase reviewed.
(Washington: Bob Orr) The lowering of the nation’s terror alert level from orange to yellow featured; details given about the lessening of intelligence intercepts from Iraqi sympathizers and Al Qaeda. [Anser Institute for Homeland Security director Randall LARSEN- says there will be more attacks on the American homeland.]
(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Washington: Jim Stewart) The hunt for terrorist leaders in Iraq featured; details given about the arrest of Abu Abbas, the mastermind behind the Achille Lauro hijacking, in which American Leon Klinghoffer was murdered; terrorist suspects listed, including Abdul Yasin, Ahmad Khlil al-Ani, Abu Zarqawi and Farouk Hijazi. [In 1996, ABBAS – calls Klinghoffer’s death a mistake.] [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS- says Abu Abbas is a terrorist.]
(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Continuing skirmishes for American forces, while the main task remains to reestablish order & rebuild infrastructure, featured; scenes shown of shooting in Tikrit and from a Mosul hospital, where injured Iraqis were brought after a street fight with US troops. [US Army 3rd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Buford BLOUNT- says there is still a fight here; states we are unlikely to see a guerrilla campaign against American forces.] [Two US SOLDIERS – comment on their changed focus.] [Iraqi DOCTORS – tell Gen. Blount that children are playing with unexploded bombs.]
(Ramstein, Germany: Richard Roth) The rescue of the “lucky seven” American POWs recounted; details given of how the mission almost failed; scenes shown from Ramstein Air Base. [“Washington Post” reporter Peter BAKER- says the rescuers were worried this was another “Black Hawk Down.”]