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Iraq / Speicher / Captures / Shiites #726873

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The latest developments In Iraq featured; details given about the discovery in a Baghdad prison of the initials “M.S.S.” scratched on a wall, which may be a clue to the fate of Michael Scott Speicher†, a Navy pilot shot down in the first Gulf War, and about the capture of more Iraqi leaders, including air defense commander Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti†, director of military intelligence Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib† and trade minister Muhammad Mahdi al-Salih††.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Sulaimania, Iraq: Tom Aspell) The beginning of recovery in Iraq featured; details given about the Shiite Muslims’ moves, aided by Iran, to consolidate their hold on political power and about the resumption of oil production; scenes shown from the Shiite religious gathering. [Reconstruction planner retired Gen. Jay GARNER††- says we’re seeing people who have always been against us organizing demonstrations; comments on re-starting oil production.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – warns Iran against interference in Iraq.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The death of three US Marines in a grenade accident; the US Customs Service’s warning against smuggling souvenirs out of Iraq and an investigation of American soldiers for taking US money found in Baghdad reported; scenes shown of looted items shipped to America by members of the news media and a US serviceman. [Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary Gordon ENGLAND†- says these people will face stiff penalties.] More of the latest developments in Iraq on msnbc.com noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Aspell, Tom

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