ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings; Pentagon: John McWethy) The backgrounds of captured Iraqi leaders military intelligence head Zuhayr al-Naqib, President Saddam Hussein's cousin air defenses head Hassan al-Tikriti, minister of trade Muhammad al-Salih & intelligence official Salim al-Jumayli discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Turkey's withdrawal of troops from the Turkey-northern Iraq border, the pumping of some Iraqi crude oil for domestic use & fears about the war that did not materialize reviewed; scenes shown from Karbala of the Shiite Moslem pilgrimage to the shrine of Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed.
(Baghdad: Bill Blakemore) The struggle for power in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of businessman Mohamed Zubaidi, who declared himself temporary mayor of Baghdad; scenes shown of him meeting with judges, tribal elders, a Shiite cleric & committee chairmen. [Iraqi ENGINEER - says Zubaidi has the people's authority.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Marine casualties from a grenade launcher reported.