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Iraq / Handover: Transfer of Power #758714

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 28, 2004
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(Baghdad: Tom Brokaw) The handover of political power in Iraq in a low-key, surprise ceremony 2 days ahead of schedule featured; scenes shown of US administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer with interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi at the ceremony & of the swearing-in of the new leaders; details given about the ongoing violence. [BREMER – welcomes Iraq to its place among the free nations of the world.] [ALLAWI {thru translator} – comments on fighting against the continuing insurgency.] [President Ghazi al-YAWER††- talks about keeping the country together.]

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The muted reaction to the handover on the streets of Baghdad and the hope that the violence will end featured; scenes shown of a car bombing and of radical Shiite Mahdi army members manning checkpoints with Iraqi police; video shown of a US Marine taken hostage. [“New Morning” daily editor Ismail ZAYIR†- says people are realizing things they are waiting for happened.]

(Baghdad: Tom Brokaw) Explanation from Bremer & National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice about the accelerated handover noted.

(Istanbul: David Gregory) President Bush’s reaction to the transfer of sovereignty featured; scenes shown of Bush at the NATO summit in Turkey, where he congratulated British Prime Minister Tony Blair upon hearing the news; note to Bush from National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice quoted; details given of Bush’s agreement with Allawi that the earlier handover would empower him to use stronger tactics against terrorists, including Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. [With Blair, BUSH – says we have kept our word; comments on fighting the terrorists.] NATO’s agreement to deploy forces to train Iraq’s new army noted.

(Baghdad: Tom Brokaw) The arrival of new US ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte noted.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Engel, Richard;
Gregory, David
Duration:
00:07:20

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