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Iraq / Bush's Secret Visit / The Mission #742748

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 27, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Reports introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: David Gregory) President Bush's stunning top-secret visit with the troops in Iraq featured; scenes shown from Baghdad International Airport of Bush with the soldiers; details given about the ruse to get Bush out of the country & into Baghdad. [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER - announces Bush.] [Before the troops, BUSH - thanks the troops for their service; states we will prevail & stay on the offensive.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: James Hattori) The dangers of the president's trip & how the troops in Iraq provided security examined; scenes shown of Bush with the soldiers; details given of recent problems at the Baghdad airport. [Spc. Juan DELOERA†, Pvt. Patrick McFARLAND†- react.] [NBC News analyst retired Col. Jack JACOBS†- explains how planes try to avoid dangers while coming into the airport.] [NBC News analyst retired Col. Ken ALLARD†- says Bush made a "gutsy call" & a "Hail Mary pass."]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Tall 'Afar, Iraq: Jim Maceda) The mission for the Army's 101st Airborne in northwestern Iraq featured; scenes shown of the men, the Apache copters & a Thanksgiving meal; details given about casualties for the 101st. [Lt. Col. Steve BURNS†, helicopter pilots Dave COLBER‡, Lt. Clint UNDERWOOD†- comment on the job.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Gregory, David;
Hattori, James;
Maceda, Jim

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