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NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The escalation of the war between insurgents & Americans in Iraq noted; scenes shown from over Baghdad.

(Baghdad: Kerry Sanders) The broadening campaign of the insurgents in Iraq featured; details given about the suicide bombing of an Italian compound in Nasiriya and about the US pre-emptive strike in Baghdad, Operation Iron Hammer; scenes shown from Nasiriya and vigils in Italy. [Italian ambassador to Iraq Antonio ARMELLINI†- says this was a barbarous attack.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) A secret CIA report warning of a deteriorating political & security situation for the US in Iraq featured; details given of the view that aggressive reactions by US troops are driving Iraqis against them. [Senator John McCAIN – suggests we need more troops.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) The new strategy for turning Iraq over to Iraqis more quickly examined; new options for Iraqi self-governance outlined; details given about strained relations between US & Iraqi leaders. [At the White House, US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER – says we wanted to transfer authority to the Iraqis as quickly as they were able to assume it.] [Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project Bathsheba CROCKER††- says Iraqis view the Governing Council as an extension of what the US is trying to do.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The difficulty for National Guardsmen in getting their military pay featured; details given about a GAO report which outlines the pay problems. [In shadow, SOLDIER – says worrying about whether your family has enough money at home distracted you from the job at hand.] [Representative Christopher SHAYS†- says the military had a hard time resolving their screw-ups.] [Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. Blair DONALDSON†- says the soldiers are mad.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Sanders, Kerry;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Gregory, David;
Myers, Lisa

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