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Spain / Madrid Train Bombing / Al Qaeda Link / Iraq #770900

FNC Evening News for Monday, Mar 15, 2004
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(Studio: Shepard Smith) A statement by the US government, that there is an Al Qaeda connection to the Madrid, Spain, train bombing, reported. [Homeland Security Under Secretary Asa HUTCHINSON†- comments.]

(Madrid, Spain: Greg Burke) The continuing investigation into the Madrid attacks featured; details given about the arrest of 5 suspects over the weekend, arrested Moroccan suspect Jamal Zougan’s†† connection to Imad Yarkas†, who is currently in jail in connection with the September 11 attacks; scenes shown from memorial services across Europe.

(Studio: Shepard Smith) The announcement of an emergency European Union meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the increasing terrorism threat and details of a federal bulletin sent to US transit agencies, concerning the implementation of increased security measures, reported.

(White House: Wendell Goler) The US response to the Spanish election featured; details given about former Prime Minister Jose Aznar†† and his cooperation with the war in Iraq and criticism of new Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero‘s decision to remove all Spanish troops from Iraq. [Terrorism expert Neil LIVINGSTONE†- warns of letting terrorism make a country’s decision.] [Senator Richard LUGAR†- comments about NATO’s role in Iraq.]

(Studio: Shepard Smith) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Steve Centanni) The effect of Zapatero‘s decision to remove all Spanish troops from Iraq examined; details given about the death of 3 US civilians in Mosul, Larry and Jean Elliot and Karen Watson; scenes shown of Spanish soldiers in Diwaniyah††, Iraq. [Coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Mark KIMMITT†- says the Spanish soldiers are viewed as a full partner in the coalition force.]

Smith, Shepard;
Burke, Greg;
Goler, Wendell;
Centanni, Steve

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