ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 11, 2004
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The day's events in Iraq briefly reviewed.
(No location given: Heather Cabot) The kidnapping of Mississippi truck driver Thomas Hamill in Iraq featured; scenes shown of Hamill in a car with his captors & from Hamill's hometown of Macon. [Macon Mayor Dorothy HINES, "Houston Chronicle" David IVANOVICH- talk about Hamill & his family.] Company statement from Halliburton quoted.
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The tense situation in Fallujah introduced.
(Baghdad: David Wright) The fighting in Fallujah featured; scenes shown of dead Westerners & new hostages, including three Japanese & of a firefight outside Baghdad; details given of problems with the new Iraqi army. [Voice of "Los Angeles Times" correspondent Tony PERRY- says people are still being killed.] [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER - outlines what the insurgency indicates.]
(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Live interview held with Council on Foreign Relations Gen. William Nash about the situation in Iraq. [From Washington, NASH - assesses the problems with the reliability of the Iraqi forces; states the coalition forces will have to maintain security responsibilities after the political turnover.]
(Crawford: John Cochran) Statements from President Bush about Iraq & the terrorism briefing featured. [At Ft. Hood, Texas, BUSH - says it was a tough week in Iraq; states we will remain tough; says Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had designs on America, but we did not know specifics; asserts we would have acted had we known.] [Senator John Kerry's senior foreign policy adviser Rand BEERS- outlines the information about Al Qaeda in the briefing.] [On CNN, 9/11 commission member Richard BEN-VENISTE - assesses the implications of the briefing.] The coming questioning of former FBI director Louis Freeh by the commission discussed.