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Iraq / Saddam Capture #744409

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Dec 14, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in an operation called Red Dawn reviewed; scenes shown of the hole where he was found and of celebrations in Baghdad; video shown of Saddam in captivity. [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER – says “we got him.”] [4th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Ray ODIERNO†- comments on the search for Saddam.] [President BUSH – says this marks the end of the road for him.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – says the shadow of Saddam is finally lifted from the Iraqi people.]

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The planning & implementation of Operation Red Dawn detailed; video shown. [US forces commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo SANCHEZ†- says we received intelligence on the whereabouts of Saddam.] [ODIERNO – recounts the discovery of Saddam in the hole.] The reasons for delaying the announcement of the capture discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Tikrit: Nic Robertson) The reaction in Saddam’s hometown of Tikrit to his capture featured. [ODIERNO – praises the 4th Infantry Division troops.] The fact that Saddam was taken alive and Iraqis’ view of the Americans’ handling of their country discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: David Ensor) The trail of intelligence that led to Saddam’s capture featured; details given about intelligence that may be gained from Saddam, including information on weapons of mass destruction; statement from Representative Porter Goss† quoted. [BUSH – praises intelligence analysts.] [ODIERNO – comments on the interrogation of people close to Saddam.] The degree of Saddam’s cooperation under interrogation and questioning techniques discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The cautionary reaction of the White House to the capture featured; details given about the impact on the 2004 election. [BUSH – says all Iraqis can now come together; notes we still face terrorists.] [Senator John McCAIN†- says the rest of us can take pride.] [Presidential candidate Senator John KERRY†- says we need a president that recognizes the real war on terror is not Iraq.]

Reporter(s):
Brown, Aaron;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Robertson, Nic;
Ensor, David;
King, John
Duration:
00:19:20

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