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Iraq / Violence / Basra / Arms Smuggling Investigation #739613

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 13, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s insistence that progress is being made in Iraq despite the media’s emphasis on negative coverage noted. [BUSH – says we will speak directly to the people.]

(Tikrit: Kevin Sites) A fatal attack on American forces in Tikrit featured; details given of the possibility that the attacks may be Saddam Hussein’s last stand; scenes shown. [US Army 4th Infantry Col. James HICKEY†- comments on the continuing attacks against US forces.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Tom Aspell) The struggle to secure Baghdad while rebuilding it featured; scenes shown from the hotel that was hit by a suicide car bomb and the beefed-up security following the attack; details given about the challenges for Iraqi police in investigating the attacks. [Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Charles HEATLY††- says we’ve taken people into detention.] [US Army spokesperson Lt. Col. George KRIVO†- comments on the daily attacks against Americans.] [Iraqi Criminal Identification Department Brigadier Moniem SAID†- says we have good experience & experts but they need equipment.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Basra: Richard Engel) The stability in Basra as a tribute to the British and their approach featured; scenes shown of British troops interacting with Basra residents. [British Lt. Nigel BOOKER‡- describes the British approach to earning good will.] [US Army Corps of Engineers Matthew SNYDER‡- comments on rebuilding the infrastructure in southern Iraq.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) Evidence that US companies illegally sold sensitive equipment that helped Iraq’s military examined; Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(ICE) video shown. [ICE Michael GARCIA†- comments on leads pointing to illegal transactions.] [Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control director Gary MILHOLLIN††- says Saddam had a dedicated shopping spree to buy missile parts.] [ICE David CONBOY†- says the common factor is greed.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Sites, Kevin;
Aspell, Tom;
Engel, Richard;
Williams, Pete

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