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Iraq / Helicopter Downing / Turkey / Bush & Casualties #741396

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 07, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) ABCNews exclusive footage of the US bombing around Tikrit, Iraq, after a Black Hawk† helicopter was shot down killing more Americans, shown.

(Baghdad: John Berman) The downing of this helicopter reviewed; scenes shown from the site & of another weapons cache; animated diagram shown of the crash; details recalled of the two previous copter crashes. [Army spokesman Maj. Josslyn ABERLE†- says it was "hostile action."] [82nd Airborne Sgt. Randy ROSTON†- describes the "bang" of a rocket.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The threat of rocket-propelled grenades {RPG} to American transport copters examined; details given of the capabilities of the RPG & of the daily usage of American helicopters. [Former Army director of strategy, plans & policy retired Lt. Gen. Daniel CHRISTMAN†- cites the availability of RPGs.] [Former naval flight squadron commander retired Capt. Rosemary MARINER†- says it is a cat-&-mouse game in Iraq.] The military's plans to change flying tactics noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Announcement by the government of Turkey that it will not join a multi-national peacekeeping force in Iraq & further attacks on US forces reported.

(White House: Kate Snow) President Bush's decision not to speak publicly about specific casualties in Iraq examined; scenes shown from Arlington National Cemetery. [At a fund-raiser, BUSH - blames "a collection of killers" in Iraq.] [White House communications director Dan BARTLETT†- says Bush will talk about all loss of life, not specifics.] The question of Bush's concern about the public image of the war noted. [American University professor Allan LICHTMAN†- says Bush is controlling information about casualties.]

Jennings, Peter;
Berman, John;
Raddatz, Martha;
Snow, Kate

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