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Iraq / U.N. Headquarters Bombing / Meigs #735803

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) A truck bombing attack on the U.N. compound in Baghdad reported; scenes shown of a news conference taking place as the bomb exploded.

(Baghdad: Dawna Friesen) The attack at the U.N. headquarters featured; details given of the death of U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello†† and about security at the building; scenes shown of injured people, the damaged building, & rescue efforts. [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER – says de Mello may have been the target.] [Iraqi MAN – describes helping wounded people.] [U.N. REPRESENTATIVE – says the assumption was that the office was safe.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(U.N.: Andrea Mitchell) The increasing terrorist attacks in Iraq featured; details given of suspicions that Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein loyalists, or Ansar al-Islam, which claimed responsibility for the recent bombing of the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, may be behind the U.N. compound attack. [US Army retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- says we’re a magnet for international terrorists.] [Rand Corp. terrorism expert Dr. Bruce HOFFMAN†- says the attacks are gaining focus & direction.] The surfacing of an Al Qaeda audiotape urging supporters to rise up against US forces noted. [From “Today,” Senator John McCAIN†- comments on insufficient troop strength.] [July 22, de MELLO – says the U.N. presence is vulnerable to anyone seeking to target our organization.] [U.N. spokesman Fred ECKHARD†- says everyone is dependent on the coalition for security.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The views of NBC analyst retired Army Gen. Montgomery Meigs†† on today’s attack and what it means for US forces in Iraq presented in his own words. [MEIGS – says the Baathist security structure has gone underground and is now our opponent; comments on foreign fighters coming in to take part in the coalition against the Americans; states we need to continue the war on terrorism and maintain security in Iraq; says this will be a long campaign; comments on the cost.]

Reporter(s):
Seigenthaler, John;
Friesen, Dawna;
Mitchell, Andrea
Duration:
00:08:00

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