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Iraq / Helicopter Downing / Gas Shortage #741253

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The capture of two of Saddam Hussein’s former generals suspected of organizing anti-US forces in Fallujah; the notice to military reservists that they will be heading to Iraq as part of the Pentagon’s troop rotation plan, and several attacks on US military convoys in Mosul reported. The account of last Sunday’s downing of an Army transport helicopter related by survivors Sgt. Christopher Nelson† and Sgt. Raymond Littlefield† in their own words. [NELSON, LITTLEFIELD - describe what happened.]

(Washington: Chip Reid) The controversy over importing gasoline to Iraq examined; details given of accusations that contractor Halliburton is overcharging to truck in the gas from Kuwait & other neighbors; gas prices from Halliburton and an Iraqi oil agency compared; statement from Halliburton quoted. [Representative Henry WAXMAN††- suggests Halliburton is overpaying the Kuwaitis because of other business dealings.] [Iraqi oil official Mohammed al-JIBOURI††- says we can get a better price.] [Oil analyst Philip VERLEGER††- criticizes Halliburton’s prices.] The Army Corps of Engineers’ consideration of taking the contract away from Halliburton noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Reid, Chip

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