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Iraq / Attacks / Zarqawi / Rebuilding Contracts #750044

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Don Teague) Iraqis’ anger at the Americans for failing to prevent yesterday’s terror bombings aimed at Shiite Muslims featured; scenes shown of funeral processions for victims of the Karbala & Baghdad attacks; death toll figures cited; details given of the belief that Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi is responsible for the attacks and of Al Qaeda’s declaration of innocence. [Iraqi Governing Council Mowaffak al-RUBAIE†- says this is indiscriminate killing against innocent civilians.] [US Central Command commander Gen. John ABIZAID†- says we have intelligence that ties Zarqawi to this attack.] [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER – says Zarqawi & like-minded terrorists are in a losing race against time.] The planned signing of Iraq’s interim constitution noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) Charges of favoritism in the awarding of the contract for equipping Iraq’s new army to Nour USA investigated; details given about charges of inexperience, political connections and Nour’s low bid. [Contractor Mark SPRY††- says we don’t believe we have a level playing field.] [Iraqi National Congress spokesman Entifadh QANBAR†- denies allegations that Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi helped Nour, which is run by his friend Huda Farouki††, get the contract.] [Federal contracting expert Charles TIEFER††- comments on the fact that the company was just created last May.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Teague, Don;
Myers, Lisa

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