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Iraq War / New Government / Baghdad / Stolen Artifacts / Hizballah #726377

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 2003
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(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The latest developments in Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the latest events in Iraq presented; details given about the search for President Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction and about the capture of Saddam’s half-brother Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti††; Al Jazeera images shown of Saddam’s “last bunker.” [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says we’ll discover people who will tell us where to find weapons.] [US Air Force Maj. Mark HOEHN†- comments on the search for Saddam’s remains in the rubble of the bunker that was hit on the opening night of the war.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The conflict in Iraq over who has won the right to rule examined; details given about the fact that many would-be rulers have spent little time in Iraq. [Iraqi politician Mohammed ZUBEIDI† {thru translator} – says we have been elected by the public & by the religious leader.] [US Central Command Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- says there are a number of emerging leaders throughout Iraq.] [Middle East expert Fouad AJAMI†- says there are many Iraqis who endured the brutality of Saddam and question whether exiles have the right to rule.] [University of Baghdad Wamidh NADHMI†- questions the qualifications of the people who have been appointed.]

(Baghdad: Lee Cowan) US troops’ attempts to restore order in Baghdad featured; details given about the Marines’ foiling of bank robberies; scenes shown of Iraqi bank robbers in custody. [MARINE – says there were twenty-five bags of money in the vault.] [US Marines S/Sgt. Scott PETERSON†, S/Sgt. David MANSFIELD†- explain how they caught the robbers.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) The FBI’s assistance in helping recover stolen Iraqi artifacts and the resignation of the head of a US presidential advisory panel on cultural property in protest of the US failure to prevent looting reported; scenes shown of broken artifacts at Iraq’s national museum.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) The growing threat from Hizballah due to increased US pressure on Syria, which supports the militant Islamic group, featured; details given about Hizballah’s record of attacks on US targets. [In February, CIA director George TENET†- says Hizballah is more capable than Al Qaeda.]

(Baghdad: Dan Rather) Casualty figures cited; scenes shown of funerals at Arlington National Cemetery for Marine L/Cpl. Patrick Nixon† and Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone†.

Rather, Dan;
Martin, David;
Cowan, Lee;
Stewart, Jim

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