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Iraq War / Syria / Interim Government #726238

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 15, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The final phases of the military campaign as US troops continue to search for weapons of mass destruction reviewed; details given about the US dispute with Syria over harboring Iraqi fugitives, including Farouk Hijazi†, former chief of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s secret service; scenes shown of American troops’ destruction of conventional Iraqi weapons. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on the shutdown of oil piped from Iraq into Syria.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says Syria is harboring Iraqis.] [Intelligence expert Judith YAPHE†- comments on Hijazi.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Doha, Qatar: Kelly O’Donnell) The first forum on Iraq’s future featured; details given of the framework of the new government and about the absence of Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi; scenes shown from the meeting site in Ur, Iraq, and of a Shiite Muslim demonstration in Nasiriyah against the forum. [Iraqi reconstruction planner retired Lt. Gen. Jay GARNER†- says a free & democratic Iraq will begin today.] [US government ENVOY- says the coalition has no interest in ruling Iraq.] [DELEGATES {thru translator} – discuss the separation of religion & government.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) French President Jacques Chirac’s phone call to Bush to discuss postwar Iraq reported.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
O’Donnell, Kelly

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