NBC Evening News for Saturday, Aug 30, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Reports introduced.
(Najaf: Bob Arnot) The aftermath of the car bombing at a mosque in Najaf, Iraq, that killed Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir†† al-Hakim† featured; scenes shown of demonstrations & of the wounded in the hospital; details given of anti-American sentiment because of not providing protection for religious sites. [Two IRAQIS - blame Saddam Hussein's regime.]
(Baghdad: James Hattori) The reaction in Baghdad to the death of Hakim in the Najaf bombing featured. [Islamic Revolution in Iraq SPOKESMAN - cites the pressure on the allies to provide security; states Iraqis must be involved in security.] [Iraqi Provisional Authority SPOKESMAN - says an armed force for security is being discussed.] [Washington Inst. for Near East Policy Simon HENDERSON†- says the question is will the Shiites continue to work with the Americans.] [Iraqi SCHOLAR - says listen to Iraqi needs.]
(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Statement from Russian President Vladimir Putin† backing a U.N. force in Iraq reported; scenes shown of an Iraqi oil field on fire.
Note: local weather bulletin on screen.