NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The surpassing of the death toll in Iraq since before President Bush declared the end of the combat phase by the number of deaths since noted; casualty figures cited.
(St. Louis: David Gregory) The administration’s campaign to rebut criticism of its Iraq policy, including claims that troop strength is inadequate, examined. [At the American Legion national convention, BUSH – comments on the war on terror.] [US Army retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY- comments on troop strength.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The US efforts to increase security in Iraq featured; details given of “Operation Jimmy Hoffa,” aimed at stopping criminal gangs; scenes shown of the 4th Infantry on a raid near Tikrit and of the 101st Airborne in northern Iraq. [Political analyst Zuhair HUSSAIN- comments on the joint effort by “gangsters” & militant groups to create an Iraq with no real authority.] [101st Airborne Col. Joe ANDERSON- comments on a tip on the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein.] [US forces commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo SANCHEZ- says additional forces will not necessarily solve the problem.] Attacks on Polish troops in Karbala noted.