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Iraq / Elections / Petraeus / Expatriate Voting #778264

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 28, 2005
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(Baghdad: Brian Williams) The latest developments in Iraq in the final days before the elections reviewed; details given of the deaths of 5 US soldiers, the crash of a US Kiowa helicopter and the arrests of 3 aides to terrorist leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.

(With the 1st Marine Division, Ramadi: Jim Maceda) The duty of US Marines in Ramadi to provide election day security featured; scenes shown of Marines securing a polling place, urging Iraqis to vote and Iraqi forces on guard. [1st Marine Division Sgt. Sam HMIDAN†- explains what Iraqis mean by “good weather.”] [1st Marine commander Capt. Jeff KENNEY††- worries about insurgents.]

(Baghdad: Brian Williams) The return to Iraq of Lt. Gen. David Petraeus†, who formerly headed US operations in northern Iraq, to help Iraq prepare to function independently, including readying Iraqi troops to provide security, featured. [PETRAEUS – says we feel we have to fix what we broke.] Map shown of US sites for Iraqi voting.

(Nashville: Kerry Sanders) The voting by Iraqis in the US featured. [In Nashville, Kurd Mohammed HAMMO‡- praises US & Allied forces.] [In New York, Iraqi MAN {thru translator}, in Detroit, Iraqi MAN – comment.] [In Baghdad, MAN – states it is too dangerous to vote.]

(Baghdad: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) Concern that Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who has close ties to Iran, will push Iraq toward Islamic rule featured; details given of al-Sistani’s support for candidates Wafa Hussein†† and her husband Raad††, whose campaigns are funded by the Iranian government. [Nixon Center Director of Regional Programs Geoffrey KEMP†- notes Iran’s priority is to make sure a Shiite-controlled government comes into power.]

(Baghdad: Brian Williams) Iraqi election coverage on “Meet the Press” noted.

Williams, Brian;
Maceda, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry;
Engel, Richard

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