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Iraq / Bush Policy / The Letters / Attacks #739516

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 13, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Restatement by President Bush that the US is making good progress in Iraq quoted.

(White House: Terry Moran) Bush's criticism of the media coverage of Iraq for emphasizing the violence & not the rebuilding featured; scenes shown of Bush golfing; details given from the president's regional media interviews & the shift of tactics at the U.N. [BUSH - says the people are not getting the truth.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) A look at the letters home from Iraq from soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 503th Infantry that emphasize successful rebuilding in northern Iraq examined; letters & e-mail from unit commander Lt. Col. Dominic Caraccilo† about the "form" letters from Kirkuk quoted. [Soldier's mother Amy CONNELL†- doubts her son wrote the letter.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Neal Karlinsky) The targeting of Americans in Baghdad featured; scenes shown of the hotel that was car bombed yesterday & from a threatening videotape from the Jihad Brigade; details given of the denunciation of the Americans & the Iraqi Governing Council by Muqtada al-Sadr††. [Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Charles HEATLY†- reacts to the threat.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The introduction of new money in Baghdad to replace the old currency reported. The new limbs for Iraqi boy Ali Abbas, who lost his arms in the bombing of Iraq, shown.

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
Raddatz, Martha;
Karlinsky, Neal

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