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Iraq / Captures / Shiites / Weapons / Saddam / Secret Police #726577

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 21, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The latest developments in Iraq reviewed; details given about the capture of former Prime Minister Mohammed al-Zubaidi†† and about the pilgrimage of Shiite Muslims to Karbala, which was forbidden by President Saddam Hussein; video shown of Zubaidi beating Shiite prisoners before their execution, of Shiites walking to Karbala and of anti-US protests in Baghdad. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says we hope Iraq will have a democratic government; refutes claims that the US intends to occupy Iraq for a long time.] The arrival in Baghdad of retired US Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, who is to supervise reconstruction, noted; scenes shown. [GARNER – says the new rule in Iraq will be Iraqi.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The push to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq featured; details given about a "New York Times" report that an Iraqi scientist has given US teams information on chemical & biological weapons. [RUMSFELD – says we’ll find people who will offer suggestions {on finding weapons.}] [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY†- comments on Iraq’s possible connections with Al Qaeda.] [Iraq weapons expert Kelly MOTZ†- says we won’t find what the inspectors couldn’t without help from defectors.] [French Institute of International Relations Guillaume PARMENTIER†- expresses skepticism about American intelligence.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The question of Saddam’s fate examined; scenes shown of the rubble of a building where Saddam was thought to be. [NBC News analyst Dr. Amatzia BARAM†- says there is a nice genetic reservoir to test whether remains belong to Saddam.] [Neighbor Assiri ABBAS‡ {thru translator} – says Saddam had left the building before the bombing.] [Iraqi author Omar Jamal NOTNI‡- says Saddam is hiding and preparing for resistance.] [Saddam biographer Con COUGHLIN†- warns against the “Elvis syndrome.”]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The views of “Newsweek” reporter Melinda Liu†† on being handed a sack of documents & tapes from the headquarters of Saddam’s secret police presented in her own words; scenes shown from inside the building. [LIU – talks about Iraqis’ recollections of being held prisoner & tortured; comments on psychic scars.] The content of Liu’s entire report on noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Maceda, Jim

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