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Iraq / Saddam / Arrests / Protest / Zoo Animals #726481

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 18, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The latest developments in Iraq reviewed; details given about a new videotape purportedly showing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on April 9th and about the arrest of wanted Iraqi leader Samir Abd al-Aziz al Najim†; videotape & audiotape of Saddam played; scenes shown of Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi’s appearance in Baghdad and of camouflaged MiG jets that were discovered by Australian forces. [Intelligence expert retired Lt. Col. Rick FRANCONA†- says Saddam sounds defeated in the audiotape.] [CHALABI – says we have published a list of people who should be put on trial.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Mike Taibbi) Iraqis’ suspicions about America’s motives in Iraq featured; scenes shown of a demonstration in Baghdad by Moslems demanding a new state based on religion. [Iraqi Abdul Hafi JAMEL‡- says Americans have to go soon; states Americans & British will take all the jobs.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The plight of the animals in the Baghdad zoo featured; details given about US troops’ efforts to guard the zoo from looters, bring in Iraqi veterinarians and feed the remaining animals; scenes shown. [Zookeeper Abu MOUSSAR‡- points out empty cages, from which monkeys were stolen for food or money.] [US Army SPC Allen SNELL†- says the zoo is empty except for stuff that can eat people.] [US Army Maj. Rick NUSSIO†- says this is unique about this war.] [Zoo employee “SALMA‡” {thru translator} – says these animals are his life.] [North Carolina Zoological Park David JONES†- comments on Americans’ donations to the zoo.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The public appearance at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center by the seven released American POWs; the awarding of Purple Hearts to fourteen soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division; the presentation of a Silver Star to Lt. Col. Jeff Ingram‡ and the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for S/Sgt. Wilbert Davis†† reported; scenes shown. [Former prisoner CWO David WILLIAMS†- thanks Americans for their support.]

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Taibbi, Mike;
Maceda, Jim

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