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Iraq / Saddam Audiotape / Military Operation / Ft. Campbell #741923

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 17, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The CIA's statement that it cannot authenticate an audiotape from former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein noted.

(Baghdad: Terry Moran) The ferocious American military operation against Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, Iraq, featured; night scenes shown from Tikrit & Baghdad. [Army 4th Infantry Div. Col. James HICKEY†- says we will kill or capture the insurgents.] The targeting of Saddam's deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri‡, who is believed to be behind some of the attacks, noted. [Army 4th Infantry Div. Lt. Col. Steven RUSSELL†- promises to crush the resistance.] The reaction of the Iraqis in Tikrit & the latest American deaths noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from President Bush that the US will not pull out of Iraq when a provisional government is established next July & the administration position on the more rapid transfer of power noted.

(Ft. Campbell, Kentucky: Mike von Fremd) The reaction at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, to the death of more soldiers from the base in the helicopter collision examined. [Chaplain Col. Douglas McLEROY†- speaks about the "deep grief."] [Victim's father Clay KESTERSON†- talks about his son's patriotism.] [Two RESIDENTS - state they cannot watch the news.] [Soldier's wife Linda PELLUZZO‡- worries.]

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
von Fremd, Mike

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