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Iraq / Saddam's Capture / Samarra / Baghdad / Debt #744188

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 17, 2003
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Samarra: Nic Robertson) The US military raid in the Sunni city of Samarra, Iraq, featured; night scenes shown of the anti-insurgency operation; details given of the negative view of the people of the American operation. [4th Infantry Div. Lt. Col. Frederick RUDESHEIM†- says we will control the city of Samarra; states the goal is economic benefits for the city.] [4th Infantry Division Lt. Col. Nathan SASSAMAN†- comments on how the opposition may respond to our operation.] The question of whether the capture of Saddam Hussein has given a boost to the morale of the troops discussed.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Bill Hemmer) A huge explosion in Baghdad that was the result of a truck targeting police headquarters or an accident featured; scenes shown of damaged vehicles; details given about the current whereabouts of Saddam & the death of another American soldier. The people's acceptance that Saddam was captured & the workings of the rumor mills about the former ruler discussed.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(White House: Dana Bash) The effort by former Secretary of State James Baker to get European nations to forgive Iraqi debt examined; statement from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi† quoted. [German Chancellor Gerhard SCHROEDER††- {thru translator} says Germany will help build a stable Iraq.] [Brookings Inst. Philip GORDON†, assistant Secretary of State Richard ARMITAGE†- talk about the US-Europe diplomacy.] The specifics of Iraq's debt cited. The issue of business contracts in Iraq discussed.

Blitzer, Wolf;
Robertson, Nic;
Hemmer, Bill;
Bash, Dana

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