- Making News: Closing in on Baghdad
At the Pentagon today, Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged that despite coalition troops having secured Iraqi oil fields and having reached Baghdad in only two weeks, there is much more to come. The Defense Secretary rejected any effort by other countries to end the war by offering safe haven to Saddam Hussein. USA Today-s John Diamond reports that the next priority of US forces will be to cut communication centers in the capital.
- Reporter's Notebook: Iraqi Republican Guards
Central Command in Qatar says there-s -increasing evidence- the Iraqi regime has lost control of its fighting forces. Baghdad is the province of Iraq-s Special Republican Guard, said to be the best troops Saddam Hussein has to offer. Sean Boyne, correspondent for Jane-s Intelligence Review, appraises these -elite units- which have vowed to put their lives on the line to protect Saddam and the capital, and speculates on what they might have in store for American troops.
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Today, as the Pentagon boasted that US troops have arrived at Baghdad in less than two weeks, President Bush rallied US Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. With US troops at the outskirts of Baghdad, the end of one war possibly in sight, what about the war on terror? When the war in Iraq is over, will the US be safer than it was before? Has America-s use of massive force given terrorists second thoughts or has it served as a recruiting device? We get the latest on al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and consider the future safety of the US with reporters in the US and Iraq, and experts from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Brookings Institution.