This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) President Clinton's decision to end the missile strikes against Iraq after a second day of attacks to punish Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for his attacks against the ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq reported. [CLINTON - says the air strikes have been successful and the no-fly zone has been expanded.] Map shown of the new no- fly zone while today's incidents are recounted; scenes shown of anti-US demonstrations in Babil, Iraq.
(Irbil, in northern Iraq: Christiane Amanpour) The Kurdish town of Irbil, Iraq, which was taken over by the Iraqi military last weekend, visited; scenes shown of damages from the fighting; details given of the rivalry between the two Kurdish factions, which has resulted in a power vacuum that allowed Saddam in at the request of one of the groups. [KURD - comments.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) Two incidents in which Iraq challenged the new no-fly zone restrictions set up by the United States for the air space detailed; diagram shown of two Iraqi fighter planes entering the area. [Secretary of Defense William PERRY - says today's challenges were not serious and that the missiles caused substantial damages.] [Joint Chiefs vice chairman General Joseph RALSTON - comments.] The likely meaning of the Iraqi plane incident and the United States view on the message to Saddam by attacking the south instead of the north discussed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff; Irbil, in northern Iraq: Christiane Amanpour) Telephone report on the current situation in Irbil and the problem of Kurdish factionalism, which has allowed Saddam to establish a foothold in the region, discussed.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.
(Studio: Flip Spiceland) The course of Hurricane Fran towards the East coast updated; weather map and National Hurricane Center data shown.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Statement from former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin Powell in support of the United States attacks on Iraq presented. [POWELL - says it was the right action to take and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should be smacked down.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with British defense secretary Michael Portillo about Britain's support of the military strikes. [PORTILLO - recalls the British role in Operation Desert Storm against Iraq; indicates that his remarks complemented those of Secretary of Defense William Perry and that the reasons for concern with regard to Iraq are both humanitarian and security oriented; explains why it is harder to build consensus support from the allies now as compared to the Persian Gulf war.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Incidents of Iraqi defiance of the United States extension of the no-fly zone across central Iraq reported.
(White House: Wolf Blitzer) The administration policy on Iraq and its critics examined; report that President Clinton had a cyst removed from his neck through minor surgery outlined. [CLINTON - says the mission in Iraq has been achieved and that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is now worse off.] The criticism of the administration's Iraqi policy noted. [Senator John McCAIN, Dole foreign policy adviser Paul WOLFOWITZ - offer questions and criticism.] [White House press secretary Michael McCURRY - defends the policy with regard to the Kurds in Iraq.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with CNN military analyst retired Air Force Major General Perry Smith. [SMITH - assesses the two cruise missile attacks, the moves to further curtail Saddam's sovereignty, the lack of support from France.]
(New York: Jody Davis) The business report presented: Stock Market Report, construction spending and treasury bond figures, auto stocks movement, the announcement of the deal in which Staples office supplies will acquire Office Depot and Boeing's sale of seven more jets.
[French foreign ministry spokesman Yves DOUTRIAUX - says the Kurds in Iraq need more humanitarian aid.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The situation in Baghdad, Iraq, updated; pictures shown from Iraqi television claiming damage in Baghdad from cruise missiles while the Pentagon denies a third attack. Announcement by Turkey that it would like to set up a security cordon in northern Iraq to keep the Kurds from coming into Turkey noted; scenes shown from Irbil, the northern Iraq town that was overrun by the Iraqi army.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with Turkish ambassador to the US Nuzhet Kandemir. [KANDEMIR - says Turkey would have preferred a more peaceful means of handling the instability in Iraq; indicates that Turkey had been assured by Iraq that the troops would have been pulled out of the north and that military punishment by the United States may turn out to be counterproductive; points out that Turkey has been sheltering thousands of Kurds and that the PKK Kurds are terrorists.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The influence of events in Iraq on politics in the US reported; speeches from President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot about Iraq briefly mentioned. Presidential candidate Bob Dole said campaigning on his tax cut plan.
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The first meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Yasir Arafat reported; scenes shown from the Israel-Gaza border. [NETANYAHU - talks about peace negotiations and the economic conditions of the Palestinian population.] [ARAFAT - (thru translator) says cooperation with Israel will continue.]