ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 18, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Footage from Abu Dhabi TV of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein surrounded by adoring crowds in Baghdad last week shown. The US arrest of wanted Iraqi leader Samir Abd al-Aziz al-Nadim, the Baath Party official in charge of east Baghdad, noted.
(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The venting against America by Shiite Moslems featured; scenes shown of the demonstrations with a religious overtone & of private prayers in Baghdad's "Saddam City." [IRAQI - wants Americans to leave.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Najaf: David Wright) The religious revival in Najaf, Iraq, following the end of Saddam's regime featured; scenes shown of Shiites making a pilgrimage in the holy city of Najaf, where the clerics vie for power.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The first public appearance for Iraqi National Congress' Ahmad Chalabi, head of a US-financed exile group, reported.
(Baghdad: Bill Blakemore) Chalabi's advances in Baghdad to fill the political vacuum featured; scenes shown of his meetings with various groups & from his Baghdad headquarters. [CHALABI - says we are competing with the Baath Party.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The controversy over evangelist Franklin Graham, who was leading Good Friday services at the Pentagon, because of his remarks after September 11 about Islam noted.
(Atlanta: Erin Hayes) The debate over faith & charity in Iraq because Graham heads the charitable group Samaritan's Purse examined. [Wake Forest University professor of religion Rev. Charles KIMBALL, author Seyyed Hossein NASR- say Graham made a negative first impression with his remarks about Islam.] Graham's editorial in the "Los Angeles Times" quoted. [Church World Service director Joseph MORAN- says charitable acts speak for themselves.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The public appearance in Germany by the seven American POWs, who will be home in the US for Easter, shown.