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NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 31, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) More attacks against US forces and those who are cooperating with them in Iraq reported; scenes shown of an explosion at the office of the mayor of Fallujah and from attack sites in Khalidiya and Uja.

(Baghdad: Jim Miklaszewski) The changing US military strategy examined; details given about the coordination between Al Qaeda, Ansar al Islam and Saddam Hussein loyalists; scenes shown from a briefing at the US 2nd Brigade’s tactical center and of US troops patrolling in Baghdad. [1st Armored Division Brig. Gen. Mark HERTLING††- comments on security in Baghdad.] [Col. Ron BAKER†- comments on the strategy for preventing attacks.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) A Listening Post report on the attacks against US forces as portrayed by the Arab media presented. [Teacher Ibrahim Abu al-ANEIN†- says the people of Iraq are resisting the American presence.] [“Akhbar al Youm” editor Mohammed TANTAWI†- says we have a tendency to show the brutality of the American troops.] [“Al Quds” editor Abdel Beri ATWAN†- says we want America to fail.] [Iraqi Governing Council Mowaffak al-RUBAIE†- says the Arab media is playing a negative role by inciting violence.] [“Al Jazeera” Baghdad Bureau Ahmad al-SHROOF†- says good journalism means to be objective.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) House approval of a compromise 87 billion dollar package for Iraq & Afghanistan noted.

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Engel, Richard

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