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Iraq / Baghdad Bombing #752446

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The terrible explosion of a huge car bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, reported; aerial map shown of the area around the Mount Lebanon Hotel; video shown of the actual blast in the background.

(Baghdad: James Hattori) The recovery work after the Baghdad terrorist attack featured; scenes shown of the fire, damaged buildings & rescue efforts. [Army 1st Armored Div. Lt. Col. Peter JONES†, hotel manager Ammar MOHAMMED†; neighbor Jaman Abdul HADI†- {thru translator} - comment on the explosion.] The first anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq mentioned.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Kerry Sanders) The wounded at the hospital featured; scenes shown of the dead & injured. [At the rubble, rescue WORKER - comments.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Yesterday's warning of the change to targeting civilians noted.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The militants' objective of installing fear in Iraqis & discrediting Americans examined; scenes shown from recent attacks; statistics cited on the numbers of Iraqis killed. [Terrorism expert Neil LIVINGSTONE†, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick FRANCONA†- comment on the terrorist targeting.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The question of who did the bombing introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The investigation into the Baghdad bombing featured; scenes shown of the rubble; details given of the likelihood that Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi is behind this attack, too. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - says it is a time of testing in Iraq.] [Before the bomb, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- says they are going after Iraqi citizens.] [Terrorism expert Roger CRESSEY - comments on tactics.]

Williams, Brian;
Hattori, James;
Sanders, Kerry;
Engel, Richard;
Mitchell, Andrea

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