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Iraq / Lost Opportunity #741190

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) ABCNews investigation into a possible deal to avoid war with Iraq introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) A lost opportunity in which Lebanese-American businessman Imad Hage† was approached by Iraqis about a deal examined; details given about the offer that was presented to the offfice of deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz & Richard Perle. [HAGE - says there was an effort to avert the war; comments on Al Qaeda terrorist Abdul Rahman Yasin†, who was in Iraqi custody & would be turned over to the US; recounts the word of "no go" from Perle.] [March 20, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says the US has done everything possible to avoid war.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; White House: Kate Snow) The line from President Bush's administration about Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's options to avoid war discussed; Pentagon statement quoted.

Jennings, Peter;
Ross, Brian;
Snow, Kate

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