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Iraq / Weapons Search / Captures / Bremer #728287

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 12, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reports introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Avila) The discovery in Iraq of a trailer that may be a mobile weapons lab featured; details given about the arrest of Rihab Taha††, aka “Dr. Germ,” a biological weapons expert who may have inside knowledge about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction; scenes shown of the lab. [US Army 101st Airborne Maj. Paul HADELMAN†- comments on the discovery of the lab.] [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY††- points out components of the lab; says there is no other use for it.]

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The hunt by US elite site survey teams {SSTs} for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction featured; details given about the problem of looters clearing suspected sites; scenes shown of teams searching an underground facility. [SST 5 Lt. Col. Rick HARRINGTON†- says the regime had a long time to hide its tracks.] [SST 5 Maj. Ron HAMM†- lists what the teams are looking for.] [SST 1 Lt. Sylvia APONTE†- comments.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The challenges facing Paul Bremer, who is replacing retired Gen. Jay Garner as top administrator in Iraq, featured; details given about the chaotic situation in Baghdad; scenes shown of former Iraqi soldiers protesting for back pay. [BREMER – explains his mission.] [Foreign policy expert Lee HAMILTON†- says the administration realized the team in place was not performing.] [Former Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER – comments on Bremer.] [Friend of Bremer Richard FAIRBANKS†- comments on the difficulty of Bremer’s job.]

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

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