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Iraq / Pre-Election Violence / Absentee Voting #777347

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jan 17, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) The spreading pre-election violence & panic in Iraq featured; scenes shown of the sites of attacks on Iraqi guardsmen & police in Beiji & Baquba, and of bodies in Ramadi with notes attached warning people not to vote; details given of the kidnapping of the Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, and of mortar attacks on schools designated as polling places. [Terrorism expert Sajjan GOHEL†- notes the fear of a bloodbath on election day.] [British patrol commander Lt. Andrew SHAND†- comments on providing security.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Nashville: Kerry Sanders) The registration for absentee voting by Iraqi nationals in the US featured; scenes shown from the registration site in Nashville, which has the largest Kurdish population in the US, & elsewhere; map shown of US registration sites; details given of criticism of the registration process. [2 Iraqi MEN – comment.] [Iraqi-American Auday ARABO†, Hussein al-JOBORY††- complain.] [Washington Kurdish Institute director Mike AMITAY†- criticizes the administration’s policy toward Iraq.] [International Organization for Migration Jeremy COPELAND†- comments on the out-of-country voting program.] The cost for the registration program noted.

Williams, Brian;
Maceda, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry

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