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Iraq / Attacks / Iran #760167

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 19, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: James Hattori) The campaign of intimidation by insurgents in Iraq featured; details given of a massive truck bombing at a Baghdad police station, the assassination of an Iraqi defense official and the status of foreign hostages, including the release of an Egyptian worker; scenes shown from the bomb site and of Philippine peacekeeping troops departing in compliance with demands from insurgents threatening to behead Filipino hostage Angelo de la Cruz. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s tour of Arab states to seek help in fighting foreign Islamic militants and Saddam Hussein loyalists noted; scenes shown of Allawi in Jordan.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Karbala, Iraq: Richard Engel) The growing influence and interest of Iran in Iraq examined; scenes shown of busloads of Iranian Shiite pilgrims arriving in Karbala; details given of a report that radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia is funded by Iran and the claim that the Iranian-backed Hizballah supports Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. [Nixon Center Middle East specialist Geoffrey KEMP†- says if we handle the transition clumsily, Iran’s influence could grow.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The views of interim President Ghazi al-Yawer† about the prospects of the Shiites using their political power to build a theocracy modeled on Iran presented. [YAWER – says we have to respect the decision of the public; opposes a theocracy in Iraq.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Hattori, James;
Engel, Richard

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