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Iraq / Mosque Car Bombing / Campbell Resignation / Gonzalez #736675

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 29, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: James Hattori) The car bomb explosion at a mosque in Najaf, Iraq, killing pro-American Shiite leader Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim††, featured; details given about the power struggle among Shiites over the US occupation; scenes shown from the site. [Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq Dr. Hamid al-BAYATI†- says it is a great loss.] [Iraq governing council Ahmad CHALABI†- says this will bring together the communities of Iraq.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The views of “New York Times" reporter Neil MacFarquhar† and “Washington Post” reporter Anthony Shadid† on the chaotic scene and the possible repercussions for the US following the bombing presented in their own words; scenes shown. [MacFARQUHAR, SHADID - describe the scene; speculate on the fallout.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(London: Keith Miller) The political impact on British Prime Minister Tony Blair of the investigation into whether the case for war with Iraq was inflated within his government examined; details given about the resignation of Blair’s Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell†, the driving force behind the intelligence report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. [On June 25 & July 7, CAMPBELL – defends the intelligence.] [On the street, WOMAN, MAN – react to Campbell’s resignation.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The death of another American soldier in Iraq reported.

(Hialeah, Florida: Kerry Sanders) The story of US Marine Cpl. Armando† Gonzalez‡, who came to the US on a raft from Cuba and died in a tanker refueling accident in Iraq, presented. [Widow Ludmilla GONZALEZ‡- talks about her husband.]

Williams, Brian;
Hattori, James;
Miller, Keith;
Sanders, Kerry

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