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Iraq / US Offensive / Air War / Saddam Audiotape #742064

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 17, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s reaffirmation that US troops will remain in Iraq even after a provisional government is established noted.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The US military’s offensive to root out attackers, Operation Iron Hammer, that risks alienating Iraqi civilians, featured; scenes shown of explosions over Tikrit, angry Iraqis and US troops on raids in Baghdad. [4th Infantry Division Col. James HICKEY†- says we will use the force necessary to kill the enemy.] [US SOLDIER – comments on collecting illegal weapons.] [1st Armored Division Col. Ross GOLD†- says we’re becoming more proactive.] Intelligence indicating Saddam Hussein’s deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri†† was behind some attacks on US troops noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The collision of two Black Hawk helicopters over Mosul reported.

(Baghdad: Kerry Sanders) The effect on US military tactics & morale of the recent helicopter attacks examined; animation shown to illustrate new flying tactics which make it harder for insurgents to hit the choppers with rocket-propelled grenades. [1st Armored Division Capt. Joseph HODGSON‡- admits being nervous about flying over Baghdad.] [1st Armored Division Lt. Col. Jim SCHROTE†- says there’s a threat on every mission.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) CIA statement that it cannot be concluded that the voice on a new audiotape is Saddam’s noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Maceda, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry

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