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In Depth (Iraq / Women in Combat / Religious Tension) #790370

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Figures on women killed & wounded in Iraq cited.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The proposed bill to keep female soldiers off the front lines outlined; details given about how the insurgent war in Iraq has put women in support units in harm’s way; letter from Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody†† warning against the ban quoted; scenes shown from the funeral of Pfc. Sam Huff††, the latest female soldier killed in Iraq. [Representative Duncan HUNTER†- says it’s time for Congress to step in.] [US Navy retired Capt. Lori MANNING†- says it would devastate the Army.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The increasing religious violence in Iraq featured; scenes shown from the funeral procession for a Sunni cleric murdered in Baghdad; details given about accusations against the Badr Brigades††, a Shiite militia with links to Iraq’s current government, of being behind assassinations of Sunni leaders. A secret meeting in Syria, led by terror leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, aimed at intensifying the insurgency discussed.

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Engel, Richard

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