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Spain / Madrid Train Bombings / New Government / Europe / Investigation #752221

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 15, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The shock waves following the train bombings in Spain introduced.

(Madrid: Dawna Friesen) The seismic shift in Spanish politics following Thursday's bombings in Madrid & increased security across Europe due to terrorism concerns examined; scenes shown of newly elected Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero††, who called the war in Iraq a disaster while outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has supported President Bush; details given of the view that the terrorist attack came about because of Spain's presence in Iraq. [BBC's Andrew NEIL†, British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR - comment on the message for Britain.] [Political analyst Emilio ALMO de Espinosa†- blames Al Qaeda for breaking the chain of the allies.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) The new political landscape for the White House featured; details given about President Bush's calls to Aznar & Zapatero. [US foreign policy expert Ivo DAALDER†- calls the election a referendum in which Bush & Aznar lost.] [US foreign policy expert Robert KAGAN†- says many countries may deal with terrorism by disassociating from the US.] [At the World Economic Forum last January, Vice President Dick CHENEY - says Europe cannot be a privileged enclave.] [Earlier, BUSH - backs Aznar.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The investigation into who carried out the attacks in Spain examined; details given about the cell phone that led to the arrested Moroccans, who have links to Al Qaeda, about suspects Jamal Zougam† & Mohamed Chaoui† & how the attack does not fit Al Qaeda patterns. [Terrorism experts M.J. GOHEL†, Roger CRESSEY†- comment on the terrorist groups after Madrid.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Friesen, Dawna;
Gregory, David;
Williams, Pete

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