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Iraq / Dollar Diplomacy / Contract Bids & Debt / Halliburton / Attacks / Journalists Hurt #743751

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 11, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The diplomatic divide over US policy in Iraq examined in light of the reconstruction bid policies; details given of the new role for former Secretary of State James Baker of trying to persuade nations to forgive or reduce Iraqi international debt. [President BUSH - says the contracting should reflect who risked their lives; jokes about international law.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN††, presidential candidate Senator John KERRY†- question policy.] [Brookings Inst. Ivo DAALDER†- suggests what Baker should tell Bush.] [Canadian Prime Minister Jean CHRETIEN†- recounts what Bush told him.] The question of the timing of this announcement discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The question of whether Halliburton is war profiteering from its contract in Iraq by overcharging for gasoline imported to Iraq from Kuwait introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The government audit's finding that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root overcharged the government for gas examined; gas statistics cited. [Senator Ron WYDEN - comments.] Statement from Pentagon comptroller Dov Zakheim† about contract improprieties & from presidential candidates Howard Dean & Representative Richard Gephardt quoted. The government plans to review the contract & possibly get a return from Halliburton discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Nic Robertson) The latest bombings in Baghdad & Ramadi featured; night scenes shown of coalition headquarters in the city's green zone. The recent targeting of American bases in Iraq discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The wounding of "Time" senior correspondent Michael Weisskopf & photographer James Nachtwey from a grenade thrown into their humvee reported; Nachtwey's war photos shown. [July 8, 2002, NACHTWEY - explains that war is an area needing understanding.]

Brown, Aaron;
King, John;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Robertson, Nic

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