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Iraq War / Baghdad / Stolen Artifacts #726362

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The latest developments in Iraq reviewed; details given about the Pentagon’s increasing concern that no weapons of mass destruction have been found and about the capture of President Saddam Hussein’s half-brother Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti†; Al Jazeera images shown of a bunker purportedly used by Saddam and of a Baghdad bomb site where US forces will search for Saddam’s remains. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says we’ll find people who will tell us where to find weapons.] [On “Today,” former U.N. weapons inspector Richard BUTLER†- says if weapons are not found soon, people will ask what the war was all about.] The discovery of thousands of shallow graves near Kirkuk noted; scenes shown.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix’s statement that his team is not interested in working under US control noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Mike Taibbi) The first steps in restoring law & order to Baghdad featured; details given about the return to work of former Iraqi police as unarmed volunteers. [US Marines Capt. Kevin NORTON†- says the big dilemma is looting and lack of control.] [Cop Rahim ISHTAEL‡- {thru translator} – asks how he can fight criminals with machine guns when he has a stick.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The resignation of three of President Bush’s cultural advisors in protest of the US failure to protect Iraq’s artifacts reported.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The plundering of Iraq’s museums featured; details given about the possibility that some of the looting may have been done by professional thieves; scenes shown of damaged works of ancient art. [University of Chicago ancient art expert McGuire GIBSON†- says the thieves had keys to the vaults and took the best material.] [Curator Donny GEORGE††- blames Americans.] [FBI director Robert MUELLER††- announces that FBI agents will help recover the stolen artifacts.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The naming of Bechtel Corp. as the primary contractor for repairing infrastructure in Iraq and the neglected zoo animals in Baghdad mentioned. More of today’s developments on msnbc.com noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Taibbi, Mike;
Maceda, Jim

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