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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 22, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The selection of Ibrahim al-Jaafari†† as the Shiites’ candidate for prime minister of Iraq reported.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Questions about Jaafari’s background & possible ties to terrorism examined; details given of his Dawa Party’s ties to embassy bombings in Kuwait and the hijacking of a Kuwaiti airliner. [Former CIA agent Bob BAER††- says he was head of a party that was launching attacks against the US.] [Terrorism analyst Roger CRESSEY††- says Jaafari is the best option available.]

Williams, Brian;
Mitchell, Andrea

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