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Iraq / Saddam Interrogation / Bush Interview / US Troops #744103

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The plans for the interrogation of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein featured; details given about money, documents, the arrest of loyalists & the discovery of resistance cells since his capture. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says CIA director George Tenet will "regulate" the interrogations.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Diane Sawyer) Exclusive "PrimeTime" interview held with President Bush. [BUSH - recounts hearing about the capture of Saddam; states Saddam should receive "the ultimate penalty" to be decided by the citizens of Iraq; comments on the decision to send young Americans into harm's way; reiterates he operated on good intelligence that determined Saddam was a threat with weapons of mass destruction.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Sciutto) The reaction in Iraq to Saddam's capture reviewed; scenes shown from across Iraq of demonstrations, unrest & support for Saddam; diagram shown of an ambush of an American patrol in Samarra. [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- comments on the resistance.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The agreement by Germany & France to help reduce Iraq's debt to other countries noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Raddatz, Martha;
Sawyer, Diane;
Sciutto, Jim

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