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Iraq / Fighting / Fallujah / Ramadi / Shiite Operations / Policy Debate #752376

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004
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(Washington: Peter Jennings) The day's fighting in Iraq introduced; scenes shown from Fallujah, Ramadi & Baghdad. Statement from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that Iraq was under control noted.

(Baghdad: David Wright) The urban warfare in Fallujah where Marines are trying to root out the armed resistance featured; scenes shown of smoke from an air strike & of civilian casualties in the hospital. [Voice of "North County Times" reporter Darrin MORTENSON†- describes the fighting.] [SOLDIER - describes the resistance & the Marines' strategy.]

(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) Yesterday's attack on Marines in Ramadi & the resulting heavy fighting against the insurgents reviewed; scenes & photos shown. [Voice of Knight Ridder photographer David SWANSON†- describes what happened in Ramadi during the attack, the response & the chaos.] [RUMSFELD - downplays the number of people involved in the pitched battles.]

(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Berman) The offensive operations by the forces of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reviewed; scenes shown of demonstrations at his headquarters, of wreckage in Sadr City, hooded militiamen. [Coalition deputy director for operations Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT†- comments on the offensive operations.] Map shown of areas of unrest {Baqubah, Karbala, Al Kut & Basra}. Written statement from Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemning the occupying forces quoted.

(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The contentious debate over Iraq policy examined; details given of President Bush's position that the enemy is a minority. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - says the troops will defeat the minority extremist elements.] [In Congress, Senator Robert BYRD - raises "echoes of Vietnam" in Iraq.] [Senator John McCAIN - responds.] [Senator Joseph BIDEN - worries that there is no plan for Iraq & there may be a public erosion of support.]

(Washington: Peter Jennings) The use of the word "intifada" by the Arab media covering Iraq noted; scenes shown of the armed resistance.

Jennings, Peter;
Wright, David;
Raddatz, Martha;
Berman, John;
Moran, Terry

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