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Iraq / Saddam / Arrests / POWs / Terrorism #726465

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 18, 2003
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(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) An overview of the latest events in Iraq presented; details given about a new videotape of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad and about the arrest of Samir Abd al-Aziz al Najim† and the surrender of Imad‡ Husayn al-Ani†, the father of Iraq’s VX nerve gas program; videotape of Saddam shown; photos shown of camouflaged MiG jets that were discovered by Australian forces. [Former U.N. weapons inspector Stephen BLACK†- comments on al-Ani; says Iraqi scientists are trying to figure out how much money they can get for information.] [Former Iraqi presidential advisor Amir al SAADI†- denies Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Demonstrations in Baghdad against the US occupation and a public appearance by Iraqi opposition leader Ahmad Chalabi noted; Al Jazeera footage shown of the protests; scenes shown of Chalabi. President Bush’s decision to spend Easter services with the troops at Fort Hood, Texas, mentioned.

(Landstuhl, Germany: Richard Roth) The status of the seven released American POWs updated; scenes shown of the seven in captivity and greeting the public at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. [CWO David WILLIAMS†- remembers those who are still fighting.] [Landstuhl Medical Center Col. David RUBENSTEIN†- comments on lessons that might be learned from de-briefing the soldiers.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jim Stewart) Concerns about the possibility of suicide bombings in the US as retaliation for the events in Iraq featured; scenes shown of explosive vests found in a Baghdad elementary school. [In March, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE†- says the question of suicide bombers comes up at almost every meeting.] [Washington Metro police department Chief Charles RAMSEY†- says explosive vests are very easy to build.] [Israeli terrorism expert Ariel MERARI†- says suicide bombings in Israel are always carried out by an organization.]

Smith, Harry;
Martin, David;
Roth, Richard;
Stewart, Jim

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