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Iraq / Attacks / Fallujah / Blackwater #751633

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004
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(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: John Berman) The death in Fallujah, Iraq, of four American civilians, who worked for Blackwater Security, the company protecting coalition personnel, featured; scenes shown of the Iraqis celebrating, the two fiery cars & the beating of the bodies that were then hung on a bridge. [Coalition deputy director for operations Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT†- comments on what else is happening in Iraq.]

(Washington: Peter Jennings) The coverage of the events in Fallujah on Arab media reported; video shown of the cars on fire.

(Washington: Peter Jennings) Oxford Research International poll findings on the view in Fallujah of the acceptability of attacks on coalition forces cited.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The "killing zone" in Fallujah featured; scenes shown of incidents of unrest. [January 6, 82nd Airborne Div. commander Maj. Gen. Charles SWANNACK†- says we have turned the corner {in Fallujah.}] [KIMMITT - comments on establishing a safe environment in the city.] [Former Army vice chief of staff retired Gen. Jack KEANE†- says Fallujah is different because the people actively support aggression.] The death of more US soldiers from a roadside bomb near Baghdad & the two areas of problems in Iraq discussed.

(Washington: Peter Jennings) The sharp increase in attacks on civilians in Iraq noted.

(State Department: Jonathan Karl) The role of the Blackwater security firm in Iraq examined; scenes shown of unrest; details given about the company's staffing & use. [Brookings Inst. Peter SINGER†- says the security guards faces a tough situation.]

(Washington: Peter Jennings) Further coverage of the Fallujah killings on "Nightline" noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Berman, John;
Raddatz, Martha;
Karl, Jonathan

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