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Iraq / Attacks / Zarqawi #749897

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Kevin Sites) A string of deadly attacks on Shiite Muslims in Baghdad and Karbala, Iraq, during holy days featured; scenes shown of the religious festival, the chaos following the explosions and angry Iraqis throwing things at the Americans. [Deputy Chief of Operations Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT†- says one of the chief suspects is {terror leader} Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi††.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s blaming of the US for the attacks noted.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Opportunities missed by President Bush’s administration to capture Zarqawi, a militant with ties to Al Qaeda, before the Iraq war examined; details given about aborted attack plans for taking out Zarqawi and his Ansar al Islam group. [Military analyst Michael O’HANLON†- comments on a missed chance to destroy Zarqawi’s weapons camp in 2002.] [Terrorism expert Roger CRESSEY†- says people were more obsessed with developing the coalition to overthrow Saddam Hussein.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Attacks against Shiites in Pakistan noted; scenes shown from Quetta.

Brokaw, Tom;
Sites, Kevin;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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