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Iraq War / Northern Iraq / Military Campaign / Baghdad #726086

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 11, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Kirkuk, Iraq: Tom Aspell) The fall of the northern city of Mosul without a fight featured; details given about the bedlam following the disappearance of the Iraqi army; scenes shown of looters trashing the city and shredding paper money. [Mosul RESIDENT – says Americans are responsible for the lack of security.] The arrival of reinforcements to Kirkuk and the order for Kurdish troops to vacate noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military campaign as Marines move toward Tikrit, the last major holdout for the Iraqi regime, reviewed; details given about the manhunt for Iraq’s former leaders; scenes shown of a poster depicting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein celebrating the September 11 attacks on the US and of the deck of cards showing Iraq’s most-wanted fugitives. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on the rampant disorder & looting in Iraq.] [US Central Command deputy director of operations Brig. Gen. Vincent BROOKS†- describes the cards.] [US Central Command commander Gen. Tommy FRANKS†- says regime members are either dead or running.] [President BUSH – warns Syria not to protect Iraqi fugitives.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Dana Lewis) The 101st Airborne Division’s first look at the chaos in Baghdad featured; details given about the change in mission from fighting the enemy to comforting the country; scenes shown of buildings burning and stripped by looters. [Iraqi MAN – says we are very poor and Saddam is rich.] [101st Airborne Col. Joe ANDERSON†- says providing a sense of security could be an issue.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: James Mates) The urgent situation facing Iraq’s hospitals as looters strip critical medical supplies featured; details given about shortages of water, power, anesthetics and medical personnel; scenes shown of Iraqis removing hospital items and of wounded people waiting for attention in a Baghdad hospital. [International Red Cross Roland HUGUENIN-BENJAMIN†- says it is the duty of the occupying power to act.] [Dr. Fahdi VANAM‡- describes patients’ conditions.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Bush’s visit to military hospitals to thank soldiers wounded in Iraq and the replacement by the US 3rd Infantry Division of a floor mosaic of former President George Bush at the Al Rashid hotel with a picture of Saddam for guests to trample on reported; scenes shown. More coverage of today’s events on msnbc.com noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Aspell, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Lewis, Dana;
Mates, James

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