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Iraq / Shiites / Saddam’s Fortune #726805

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 22, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Karbala: Ron Allen) The Shiite Muslims’ new freedom of religion and their message to the US to leave Iraq featured; details given about the Shiites’ demand for an Islamic state, challenging the US goal for a secular, democratic government; scenes shown of the Shiites’ religious demonstration in Karbala, which had been forbidden by President Saddam Hussein. [Middle East expert Shibley TELHAMI†- says they want religion to play a dominant role in politics.] [Retired teacher Hussein MOHAMMED†- says we have been governed by a minority and this is not fair.] A plot to blow up mosques by men with ties to Saddam’s regime noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The search for the fortune amassed by Saddam featured; details given of the means by which Saddam & his family obtained their wealth; video shown of the millions of dollars discovered by US troops. [Treasury Department general counsel David AUFHAUSER†- says this is the opportunity for the world community to demonstrate that tyrants & thieves will not be permitted to rape their own nation.] [Commodities trader Swara KADIR†- comments on kickbacks demanded from the oil-for-food program.] [Former Saddam associate Elio BORRADORI {thru translator} – denies handling Saddam’s money.] [Private investigator John FAWCETT†- comments on the fact that some of Saddam’s money managers are dead.] The announcement that Aafia Siddiqui†, reported yesterday to have been arrested in Pakistan, may not be in custody noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) France’s agreement with the US that economic sanctions against Iraq should be lifted; the homecoming of former POW Ronald Young and funeral services in Tampa, Florida, for US Marine L/Cpl. Andrew Aviles†† reported; scenes shown from Atlanta and Tampa. More information on the developments in Iraq on

Brokaw, Tom;
Allen, Ron;
Myers, Lisa

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