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NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 19, 2011
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(Studio: Lester Holt) The actions by the coalition of 21 countries trying to stop Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi from waging war on his people with missiles launched at the Mediterranean coast introduced.

(Tripoli: Jim Maceda) The fighting in Libya featured; scenes shown of French fighter jets, missile firings, victims in Tripoli, people fleeing, a rebel plane crashing, fighting, rebels celebrating, demonstrations in Tripoli. [LIBYAN - says we were left alone.] The call from Kadhafi against the colonial crusaders noted.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Brasilia, Brazil: Chuck Todd) The US response in Libya as part of an international coalition reviewed; details given from a joint statement; scenes shown from Paris, France. [In Brazil, OBAMA - says the use of force is not a first choice, but we cannot idly stand by.] [In Paris, Secretary of State Hillary CLINTON - says this is not a unilateral action; comments on the Arab League diplomacy.] [French President Nicolas SARKOZY {thru translator}; British Prime Minister David CAMERON - announce military action against Libya.] [NBC military analyst retired Col. Jack JACOBS†- says the end objective is unclear.] The "Obama doctrine" from the international stage with multilateral coalitions discussed.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Live discussion held with retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey about the targets for the coalition forces. [In Washington, McCAFFREY - recounts the missile mission to create a benign environment for the establishing of a no-fly zone; hopes this is aimed at creating a regime change in Libya; raises questions about the participation of the nearby Arab nations and about the tribes of Libya.]

(Studio: Lester Holt; Cairo: Richard Engel) The military options for Kadhafi with possible street-to-street fighting in cities like Benghazi and the support in the Arab world for this just war discussed.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The administration position on US involvement in an international action to save the rebels with women, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US ambassador to U.N. Susan Rice, calling for more aggressive action reviewed.

Holt, Lester;
Maceda, Jim;
Todd, Chuck;
Engel, Richard;
Mitchell, Andrea

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