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Iraq / Fallujah / Rebuilding / Iraqi National Congress Scandal #754052

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 28, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The violence in Fallujah & Najaf, Iraq, featured; scenes shown of explosions & combat helicopters over Fallujah and demonstrators burning the new Iraqi flag in Najaf; details given about the plan for an upcoming offensive in the al-Jolan† district of Fallujah. [US Marines Echo Co. Capt. Douglas ZEMBIEC†- says we have not begun to do offensive operations.] [President BUSH – says our military along with Iraqis will make sure it’s secure.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – warns against violent military action.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – shows a photo of weapons stored in a mosque.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) Setbacks to Iraq’s reconstruction caused by the recent fighting featured; details given of increased construction costs due to security. [KBR civil engineer Jasper MOLLER‡- shows his escape preparations.] [Engineer Majid HANTOUSH‡- comments on waiting for generators for the power plant.] [USAid infrastructure director Thomas WHEELOCK†- says things are getting done.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The arrest in Baghdad of several members of the US-supported Iraqi National Congress {INC}, which is led by Ahmed Chalabi, featured; allegations outlined; details recalled of the INC’s role in providing false information to the US about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. [Iraqi police OFFICIAL {thru translator} – describes the kidnapping & robbery of a doctor by INC operatives.] [INC Mudhar SHAWKAT†- comments on political pressure on the INC.] [Former U.N. chief weapons inspector David KAY†- questions why the INC is still on the US payroll.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Engel, Richard;
Myers, Lisa

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