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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Recent developments in Iraq, including the insurgent assault on a government compound in Ramadi, the Marines’ operation in Fallujah and the Shiite rebellion in Nasiriyah, reviewed.

(Baghdad: Tom Aspell) The Marines’ battle with insurgents at Fallujah featured; scenes shown. [Voice of “Washington Post” reporter Pamela CONSTABLE†, voice of Associated Press Lourdes NAVARRO†- describe the Marines’ operation at Fallujah.] [US Marine Lt. Col. Gregg OLSEN†, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comment on the situation in Fallujah.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The Shiite uprising organized by Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr featured; scenes shown from Nasiriyah, Amara, Diwaniya††, Kut, and Baghdad, where US and coalition forces faced intense fighting; details given of the blaming of the Americans for provoking al-Sadr and killing civilians. [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Dan BRUMBERG†- says there’s no guarantee we can stop them.] [In Baghdad, US Army Spc. Christopher WILFORD†- says this place is very deceptive.] Threat from al-Sadr that he will start kidnapping US forces noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Speculation about whether more troops are needed in Iraq examined; troop strength figures cited; details given about the repositioning of troops within Iraq and the possibility that troops scheduled to rotate out will be kept longer. [RUMSFELD – says they {military commanders} will decide what they need and they’ll get what they need.] [Senator John McCAIN – says we need additional troops on the ground.] The deaths of 12 Marines in Ramadi discussed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: David Gregory) The election-year pressure on President Bush caused by the recent violence in Iraq featured. [Presidential candidate Senator John KERRY – questions Bush’s motives for insisting on adhering to the June 30 deadline for handing power over to the Iraqis.] [In Arkansas, BUSH – says we’ll stay the course in Iraq.] [Iraq expert Bathsheba CROCKER†- says we have a situation that is worse than the administration has owned up to.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Aspell, Tom;
Engel, Richard;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Gregory, David

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