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Iraq / Progress Report / Tikrit Raids #734887

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 08, 2003
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) The marking of the 100th day since President Bush’s victory speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln noted; casualty figures cited.

(White House: Bill Plante) Bush’s 100-day progress report on Iraq featured; White House listing of America’s accomplishments outlined; details given about Bush’s dismissal of criticism of his arguments for going to war. [BUSH – says Iraq is more secure; calls criticism “pure politics.”] [Former Clinton National Security member Daniel BENJAMIN†- says the Iraq-Al Qaeda connection was oversold; states antipathy toward the US has grown in the Muslim population.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The investigation into an Al Qaeda link to yesterday’s bombing at the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad noted.

(Tikrit, Iraq: Kimberly Dozier) The US raids in Tikrit, in contrast to the US military’s softer approach to dealing with Iraqis, featured; scenes shown. [US Army Lt. Col. Steve RUSSELL†- comments on opening fire on Iraqis selling weapons.] [US Army Col. James HICKEY†- comments on selecting targets based on information from informants & reconnaissance.]

Pelley, Scott;
Plante, Bill;
Dozier, Kimberly

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