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Iraq / Mahmud Capture / Unrest / Operation Desert Scorpion #731151

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The capture of President Saddam Hussein's presidential secretary Abid Hamid Mahmud†† al-Tikriti in a US Special Forces operation in Iraq featured; details given of Mahmud's close relationship with Saddam & of the discovery of a stockpile of weapons & cash. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says it is a significant capture.] [4th Infantry Div. commander Maj. Gen. Ray ODIERNO†- cites how the money recovered was used.] The question of whether Mahmud & other prisoners will be considered prisoners of war & the assumption that Saddam is still alive discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ben Wedeman) CNN exclusive trip with the US soldiers of Operation Desert Scorpion featured; night scenes shown of raids in Tikrit on Iraqi houses including interrogations of residents. The multiple raids every night north of Baghdad & near Tikrit & the capture of the "Ace of Diamonds" discussed.

Brown, Aaron;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Wedeman, Ben

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