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Iraq / Violence / Hostages #776380

FNC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 18, 2004
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(Studio: Uma Pemmaraju) The day’s events in Iraq introduced; details given about US troop deployments and Spain’s decision to remove all of its forces within the next two weeks. [Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard MYERS†- discusses US troop rotations in Iraq.]

(Baghdad: Jeff Goldblatt) The deadly weekend of fighting in Iraq reviewed; details given about an ambush of Marines in Al Qaim† near the Syrian border and developments from the ongoing standoff between US troops and radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia in Najaf††; scenes shown of Iraqi celebrations in Amara‡ following an attack on British troops.

(Studio: Uma Pemmaraju) The outpouring of support for the US hostages in Iraq reviewed; details given about former POW Jessica Lynch’s meeting with the family of captured American soldier Pfc. Matt Maupin, Jesse Jackson’s statement that he contacted kidnapped Halliburton contractor Thomas Hamill’s wife, and Pope John Paul II’s call for the hostages’ release; scenes shown from a US raid in Ramadi.

Pemmaraju, Uma;
Goldblatt, Jeff

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