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Iraq / US Occupation #744317

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The assassination of 2 Iraqi political leaders and the death of an American soldier in an ambush in Baghdad, Iraq, reported.

(White House: David Gregory) Questions about the timetable for withdrawing US troops from Iraq since former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been captured explored; photos shown of President Bush visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; details given about challenges undermining Iraq’s political progress. [BUSH – praises troops.] [US Army retired Col. Ken ALLARD†- comments on the battle for who rules Iraq.] [Former US Army Europe commander Gen. Montgomery MEIGS†- comments on the security situation.] [Iraq expert Bathsheba CROCKER†- comments on Iraqi support for the US.] [Senator Chuck HAGEL†- comments on the U.N.’s role.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Announcement from David Kay, head of the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, that he does not want to return to Iraq after the holidays, and enemy fire on a US convoy that included US administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Gregory, David

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