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Iraq / Saddam Capture #744054

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 15, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein over the weekend noted. [President BUSH – says “good riddance.”]

(Ad Wahr, Iraq: Richard Engel) Saddam’s final hours before the capture featured; scenes shown of the farmhouse and the “spider hole” where he was found. [4th Infantry Division Col. James HICKEY†, Maj. Bryan REED†- give accounts of the raid.]

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The aftermath of Saddam’s capture reviewed; scenes shown from the site of a car bombing at a Baghdad police station and of pro-Saddam rallies in Tikrit & Fallujah; details given of Saddam’s defiance under interrogation and about documents linking him to terrorist insurgents, including Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri. [BUSH – calls Saddam a deceiver, liar & torturer.] [1st Armored Division Brig. Gen. Curtis SCAPARROTTI†- comments on intelligence gained from Saddam’s documents.] [Iraq expert Bathsheba CROCKER†- notes that insurgents will go on fighting.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The account of the meeting of four members of Iraq’s new government with Saddam presented by Iraqi Governing Council member Dr. Mowaffak al-Rubaie† in his own words. [RUBAIE – says Saddam has no intention to apologize; recalls being tortured during Saddam’s regime; expresses anger toward Saddam.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s statement that the U.N. would be opposed to the death penalty for Saddam noted.

(White House: David Gregory) President Bush’s reaction to the capture featured. [BUSH – comments on the discovery of Saddam hiding in a hole; says justice needs to stand international scrutiny; says there will be more violence.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The impact of Saddam’s capture on presidential candidate Howard Dean and the other Democratic candidates featured. [DEAN – criticizes the administration’s handling of the war.] [Senators Joseph LIEBERMAN†, John KERRY†- disagree with Dean.] [Former Clinton chief of staff Leon PANETTA†- says Dean must speak to what he would do in Iraq.] [Representative Richard GEPHARDT†, Senator John EDWARDS†- offer views on the capture.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Engel, Richard;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Gregory, David;
Mitchell, Andrea

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