NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The death toll from yesterday’s truck bombing at the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, noted.
(Baghdad: Dawna Friesen) The investigation into the bombing featured; animation shown of how the bombing took place; scenes shown of continuing rescue efforts; photo shown of American victim Arthur Helton. [FBI special agent Thomas FUENTES- comments on the investigation.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – says we will continue our work.] [U.N. spokesperson in Iraq Salim LONE- says we cannot move about freely.] [Injured Iraqi Jilal IBRAHIM- questions why the explosion had to happen.]
(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Chaos as a strategy to undermine the US & U.N. efforts in Iraq examined; scenes shown of an impromptu memorial at the U.N. headquarters in New York. [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN- says the goal is to drive the US out of Iraq.] [Senator John McCAIN – talks about foreign militants, including Ansar al-Islam, coming into Iraq.] [Terrorism expert Jessica STERN- comments on Al Qaeda’s branching out.] [ANNAN – says we’ve made some mistakes.]
(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The stories of two survivors of the bombing presented in their own words. [Iraqi WOMAN, Sri Lankan MAN - describe their ordeal and their reactions to the bombing.] The deaths of more American soldiers in two attacks in Iraq noted.