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NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 27, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign in Iraq reviewed; details given about additional US troops heading into Iraq and about the fierce resistance of the Fedayeen; animation shown of planes dropping bombs on Republican Guard units; satellite images shown of Baghdad sites before & after bombing; scenes shown of explosions in Baghdad. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on the Fedayeen’s guerrilla tactics.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Figures on missiles & bombs dropped on Baghdad cited.

(Nasiriyah, Iraq: Kerry Sanders) The long & tragic night of friendly fire for the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, as another Marine unit mistakenly fired on them featured; details given about the grim situation for Iraqi families inside Nasiriyah; scenes shown of wrecked vehicles and refugees fleeing Nasiriyah. [US Marine Corps L/Cpl. Carlos RODRIGUEZ†, L/Cpl. Jaworiskia STORY†, Cpl. Kevin CANNON†- react to being shot at by other Marines; describe what happened.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The stories of two soldiers wounded in an ambush near An Nasiriyah presented. [US Army S/Sgt. Jamie VILLAFANE†, Sgt. Charles HORGAN†- describe the attack by Iraqis wearing civilian clothes and their reactions.]

(With the 1st Marines in central Iraq: Chip Reid) The 1st Marines’ battle to destroy Iraqi forces that have repeatedly ambushed Marine Corps convoys heading to Baghdad featured; scenes shown of bombs dropped on Iraqi troop carriers and anti-aircraft guns, and Cobra helicopters firing at Iraqi troops. [SOLDIER – praises artillery support.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Another television appearance by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, this time in a meeting including a woman, Dr. Huda Ammash†, noted; Ammash’s background outlined; scenes shown from Iraqi TV.

(White House: David Gregory) President Bush’s war summit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair reviewed; details given about a potential disagreement over the U.N.’s role in post-war Iraq. [BUSH – states the war will take however long it takes.] [BLAIR – says there is a massive amount that has already been achieved.] [Former U.N. representative Amb. Nancy SODERBERG†- says the faster you can get the international community into Iraq, the less opposition there will be for the US.] Richard Perle’s resignation of his chairmanship of the Defense Policy Board noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) US ambassador to the U.N. John Negroponte’s walkout from the U.N. during a presentation by the Iraqi ambassador; a delay in the shipment of relief aid to southern Iraq due to the discovery of mines in the water near Umm Qasr and an agreement at the U.N. on restarting the oil-for-food program reported; scenes shown from the U.N. and of food being handed out in Az Zubayr†, Iraq.

(No location given: Andrea Catherwood) The mission to remove land mines in southern Iraq described; scenes shown of British soldiers searching for and detonating mines.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry;
Reid, Chip;
Gregory, David;
Catherwood, Andrea
Duration:
00:12:30

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