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Iraq / U.N. Headquarters Bombing / US Role #735863

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Sciutto) The investigation into the bombing at the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, featured; scenes shown of the search for survivors at the site; diagram shown of the truck bombing using a huge explosive device; details given of warnings about an attack on a civilian target in Baghdad. [FBI special agent-in-charge Thomas FUENTES†- says this is military-type munitions.] [Iraqi governing council member Ahmed CHALABI†- talks about the warning of an attack.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) Questions from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan†† about the US mission in Iraq examined; details given about the administration's underestimation of the opposition. [ANNAN - says mistakes have been made along the way in Iraq.] [April 11, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - talks about the "untidiness" in the transition.] [Pentagon assessment team Rick BARTON - says the troops need to be more visible in Iraq.] [Senator John McCAIN - says we have to reevaluate how many people we have there.] [Now, RUMSFELD - defends the force level.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Reports of anger in Iraq noted.

(Baghdad: Mike von Fremd) Security matters in Iraq for the military, business & humanitarian organizations examined. [Army 1st Armored Div. S/Sgt. Cameron COOK†, Sgt. Anthony PETRONE†- say we have to be more aware & watch everywhere.] [UNICEF spokesman in Iraq Geoffrey KEELE†- comments on the job.] The reaction of Iraqis in the cafes to the bombing detailed.

Gibson, Charles;
Sciutto, Jim;
Raddatz, Martha;
von Fremd, Mike

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