CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 17, 2003
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(Studio: Dan Rather) The vote in Congress to give President Bush most of the 87 billion dollars he requested for operations in Iraq & Afghanistan noted.
(Karbala, Iraq: Kimberly Dozier) More violence against coalition forces in several Iraqi cities, including Karbala, Basra, Sadr City & Mosul, featured; details given about the belief that attacks in Karbala were carried out by armed militiamen for a Shiite cleric, who is a follower of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr; scenes shown. [In Karbala, Iraqi MAN – warns that Americans will be killed.] [US Army spokesperson Lt. Col. George KRIVO- says the Karbala event is under investigation.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) American casualty figures cited.
(Pentagon: David Martin) Mounting concern that American troops are not well-protected examined; details given about the shortages of ceramic body armor & armor for humvees; animation shown of a humvee equipped with a jamming device to prevent detonation of bombs. [Representatives Peter DeFAZIO, David OBEY- question the equipment shortages.]