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Iraq War / Biological Weapons Lab / Intelligence / Looting / Mental Hospital #726392

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Brian Ross) The looting of a biological weapons lab in Baghdad that was left unguarded by the US military featured; scenes shown from the lab. [Iraqi Central Public Health Lab chemist Rasa al-ALAQ†- {thru translator} says we have no idea where the viruses went.] [Lab director Mounier KUBA†- complains about protection.] [Former US diplomat Peter GALBRAITH†- says this lab should have been high priority for protection.] [Marine Lt. Matthew DANNER†- comments on manpower.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The arrest of President Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti featured; details given about his role as an Iraqi money man. [Indict CEO Charles FORREST†- says he was involved in weapons of mass destruction programs.] What US intelligence specialists will do in Iraq outlined on screen.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The resignation of two of President Bush's cultural advisers following the pillage of Iraq's national museum noted.

(State Department: Martha Raddatz) The spoils of war examined; scenes shown of ransacked & looted buildings. [Joint Staff Operations former director retired Lt. Gen. Gregory NEWBOLD†- says in hindsight more police units should have been there.] [Former assistant Secretary of Defense Richard PERLE†- says chaos follows the collapse of a regime.] [New York City police Commissioner Raymond KELLY†- recalls the structure in Haiti to police the country.] Statement from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about the violence in Iraq noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The increase in the volume of humanitarian aid getting into Iraq reported; map shown of the route of a food aid convoy from Amman, Jordan, to Baghdad. Statement from the Red Cross that patients in a Baghdad psychiatric hospital were raped as the city descended into chaos last week noted.

(Baghdad: Bill Blakemore) The horror after war at the Al-Rashad home for the insane featured; scenes shown of the wretched state of the wards that were ransacked. [Hospital DIRECTOR, two STAFFERS - list what was taken & recount what happened.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Funerals at Arlington National Cemetery for Marine L/Cpl. Patrick Nixon & Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone shown.

Jennings, Peter;
Ross, Brian;
McWethy, John;
Raddatz, Martha;
Blakemore, Bill

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