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Libya / Uprising / US Action #993997

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 2011
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(Studio: Brian Williams) US involvement in air strikes and missile attacks in Libya reported; photos, map and scenes shown.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The coalition assault against Libyan targets featured; scenes shown of anti-aircraft fire over Tripoli, a destroyed convoy, President Obama in Chile, a destroyed command center in Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi’s compound. [OBAMA – justifies the attack.] [US Army Gen. Carter HAM – says regime ground forces in Benghazi possess little will or capability to resume offensive operations.] [NBC military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- wonders how we find an end result that doesn’t result in a fragmented Libya.] The position of Arab League nations on this no-fly zone noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Tripoli: Jim Maceda) The mood in Tripoli featured; details given about Kadhafi’s perception that he is a target, his use of human shields and his oil wealth.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Tobruk: Richard Engel) The dependency of the rebels on outside military help featured; scenes shown of destroyed regime vehicles that were heading toward Benghazi, weapons seized from Kadhafi’s army; details given about confusion and inexperience among the rebels. [REBEL – says these things attacked Benghazi people.] The 2 groups of rebels described. The rebels’ need for weapons and leadership discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: Andrea Mitchell; Santiago, Chile: Chuck Todd) Questions about the diplomatic mission behind this military action, who the opposition is, Arab support, why the US isn’t protecting civilians in Yemen or Bahrain, and criticism from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and from Congress discussed; scenes shown of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia.

(Studio: Brian Williams) The release of the 4 "New York Times" journalists who were held in Libya reported; photo shown of them with the Turkish ambassador who negotiated their release.

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Maceda, Jim;
Engel, Richard;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Todd, Chuck

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