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Iraq / Coffin Photos / Unrest #753629

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 22, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Seattle: James Hattori) The controversy over pictures published in the “Seattle Times,” despite a Pentagon ban on media coverage, of flag-covered coffins of American soldiers who died in Iraq featured; photos shown; details given about the firing of airline cargo worker Tami Silicio††, who took the photos, and the later posting of more coffin pictures on the Internet; statement from Silicio’s employer, Maytag Aircraft Corp., quoted. [“Seattle Times” executive editor Michael FANCHER†- notes the positive public reaction.] [Silicio’s mother Leona SILICIO†- says it was a way to show the families the dignity & respect these boys are given.] [Council on Foreign Relations Max BOOT†- says the Pentagon is reluctant to give the other side what they want.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The pullout of Siemens employees and the suspension of General Electric’s & Bechtel’s operations in Iraq due to the security situation noted.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The impact of the continuing unrest on troops and equipment in Iraq featured; details given about the deadline for enemy fighters in Fallujah to turn over their weapons to US Marines; war cost estimates cited. [1st Marine Expeditionary Force Lt. Gen. James CONWAY†- predicts an assault on Fallujah will be costly.] [US Army retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- says if you don’t reconstitute the fighting forces, they won’t be ready in the next crisis.] [Representative Curt WELDON†- comments on the cost.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Hattori, James;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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