(5 Apr 2003)
PLEASE NOTE: AUDIO OF GUNFIRE & EXPLOSIONS THROUGHOUT PIECE
1. Close shot members of the 3rd Infantry Division in tank, then AUDIO large explosion
2. Close shot soldier talking into phone, reporting back
3. Wide shot U.S. tank
4. U.S. troops moving in tank
5. U.S troops on the ground running between buildings
6. Panning shot of area from tank, row of tanks in front
7. Various tanks firing, smoke rising
8. Close shot soldier holding gun in tank
9. Various thick columns of smoke rising
10. Close shot soldier, smoke in background
11. Mid shot tank in position, then firing at Iraqi positions
12. Various rapid succession of explosion and then smoke
13. Various tanks firing, explosions, smoke
14. Panning shot of tank moving through rubble and damaged compound
15. Panning shot from tank, smoke in background and dead man on ground
16. Aircraft overhead firing missile
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, Battalion Commander, US Army:
“We were destroying enemy forces, you saw on your ride today, we shot and engaged a sniper that was aiming at us – we were able to clear that so we could bring in soldiers and move closer to Baghdad and facilitate future, and possibly onward operations from here. We’re defending the airport from the movement, coming into Baghdad, and basically we’re searching and attacking up the road. The best defence, the best offence and we are continuing combat operations.”
18. Low shot of soldier in foreground, thick black smoke rising in background
19. Wide shot soldiers standing around tank, clouds of smoke
U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division fought with Saddam Hussein’s elite Republican Guards on Saturday in suburbs southwest of Baghdad.
Members of the U.S. infantry moved towards the Republican Guard barracks from Baghdad’s international airport – and were met with resistance from small ammunition arms and snipers.
The barracks lie between the airport and the centre of the Iraqi capital.
Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, Battalion Commander of the U.S. Army said the aim of the operation was to move closer to the capital, so the coalition can “facilitate future, and possibly onward operations” from there.
He said: “We’re defending the airport from the movement, coming into Baghdad, and basically we’re searching and attacking up the road.”
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