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Iraq / Bush Speech / Saddam / Conference / Chemical Weapons #727249

CNN Evening News for Monday, Apr 28, 2003
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) President Bush's address to an audience of Arab-Americans about Iraq featured; scenes shown from Dearborn, Michigan. [BUSH - says Iraq will choose their own leaders, the US will not impose a government & the rebuilding will take time; states the dictator spent billions on weapons.] How the US will prevent an Iranian-style theocracy from taking place in Iraq & how the administration catered to the Arab media here discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Ensor) Statements from Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz that he saw President Saddam Hussein alive in early April examined; details given of the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. [CNN analyst Ken POLLACK@- says Aziz's claims have to be taken with a few grains of salt.] [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS@- says nothing indicates Saddam is still alive.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR%- comments.] The question of whether Aziz is asking for a deal & whether the US has the capability of making deals with senior Iraqis discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Karl Penhaul) The efforts to restore law & government in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of the meeting of Iraqis with US civil administrator retired Gen. Jay Garner; details given of the split Iraqi view on the presence of the coalition forces. [GARNER - says let's start a democratic process.] [British foreign office minister Mike O'BRIEN@- says we need to create a process that sets up a representative government.] [Exiled Shia cleric Sayed Moustafa al-QAZWINI@- says the Shia population won't just endorse American-supported Iraqis.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Baiji: Nic Robertson) The search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq featured; scenes shown of the latest suspected chemical weapons find, including inside two abandoned vehicles that could be mobile labs; details given of the on-site & follow-up tests of the chemicals. [Army Lt. Valerie PHIPPS@- shows the first barrel, which we tested.] The nature of the four US teams that have worked at this site discussed.

Cooper, Anderson;
King, John;
Ensor, David;
Penhaul, Karl;
Robertson, Nic

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