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Iraq / Captures / Shiites / Bush Interview #727164

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 25, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The capture of former Iraqi intelligence chief Farouk Hijazi†† reported.

(Karbala, Iraq: Jim Maceda) Moves by Iraqi Shiite Muslims to fill the power void and defy any US-approved government featured; details given of concerns about Iraq becoming an Islamic state ruled by clerics, as in Iran; scenes shown of an anti-US demonstration in Karbala. [Royal United Services Institute Daniel NEEP††- says it’s a surprise that the Shiites weren’t willing to go along with what they were told to do.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says an Iranian-type government isn’t going to happen.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Excerpts from an exclusive interview with President Bush about the “shock & awe” campaign in Iraq, the search for weapons of mass destruction and opposition to the war presented. [On board and outside Air Force One, BUSH – says the fighters were fiercer than we thought; says he had confidence in the plan; states time will prove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and terrorist connections; comments on the controversy surrounding the Dixie Chicks’ anti-war remarks.] More of the interview on “Inside the White House at War” noted.

Note: Local weather bulletin on screen.

Brokaw, Tom;
Maceda, Jim

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