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Iraq War / Military Campaign / The Front Lines #724996

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 28, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the war with Iraq reviewed; animated map shown.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign reviewed; details given of questions about the effectiveness of the war plan; Army commander Gen. William Wallace’s statement about the length of the war and Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki††’s comment on ground troop strength quoted; scenes shown from the site of a bombing in a civilian neighborhood in Baghdad. [British OFFICER – tells his troops to forget all the planning that went before.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says the plan is excellent; warns Syria not to send military supplies to Iraq.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Kuwait City: Brian Williams) An explosion at a shopping mall in Kuwait City featured; scenes shown from the site.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Neil Connery) Anger & confusion over the death & destruction in a Baghdad civilian neighborhood featured; scenes shown of the bombing site and of victims.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Four Marines missing after a battle in Nasiriyah reported.

(Nasiriyah, Iraq: Kerry Sanders) Evidence that American prisoners may have been tortured by their Iraqi captors featured; details given about what the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, discovered in a hospital the Iraqis used as a headquarters; scenes shown from the hospital. [US Marine Corps Capt. Timothy DREMANN†, S/Sgt. Rick ST. JOHN†- comment on what they found.] [Battalion biological & chemical expert Gary ALLEN‡- says the Iraqis are prepared for chemical & biological warfare.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The U.N. Security Council’s approval of a plan to restart the oil-for-food program noted.

(Safwan, Iraq: Don Teague) The arrival of the first humanitarian aid ships at Umm Qasr featured; details given about the mob scene that broke out in Safwan when aid trucks arrived; scenes shown of Iraqi civilians rushing the trucks. [Safwan WOMAN – says she has no food, water, or medicine.] [British Royal Navy Capt. Roger Robinson BROWN†- comments.] [Safwan MAN – says all people in Iraq love Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Basra: Juliet Bremner) The attack by Iraqi forces on civilians trying to escape Basra noted; scenes shown of refugees on the road.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Williams, Brian;
Connery, Neil;
Sanders, Kerry;
Teague, Don;
Bremner, Juliet

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