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Iraq / Saddam's Regime / Bush / Syria #726511

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 20, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The dragnet for members of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime & the mystery about Saddam's whereabouts featured; details given of the capture of Jamal Mustapha Sultan al-Tikriti†, who is married to Saddam's youngest daughter & minister of higher education Abd al-Khaliq alGafar††.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: Rosiland Jordan) President Bush's statements about Syria & the former American POWs featured. [BUSH - comments on the presence of the POWs; states there are positive signs from Syria, which is "getting the message"; talks about convincing North Korea to abandon ambitions for its nuclear arsenal.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Damascus: Patricia Sabga) Syria-US relations examined; scenes shown of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; details given of deep-seated Arab suspicions about the US. [Representative Nick RAHAL†- says Syria is not an enemy of the US.] [Syrian SHOPKEEPER - blames Israel for American charges against Syria.] [Damascus University professor Amr al-ASAM‡- downplays conspiracies.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Statement from Pope John Paul II about Iraq during Easter services noted.

Seigenthaler, John;
Maceda, Jim;
Jordan, Rosiland;
Sabga, Patricia

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