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SLUG: 2-314648 Iraq Wrap (S&L)
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=3/31/2004

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=IRAQ WRAP (L/S)

NUMBER=2-314648

BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

CONTENT=

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///// WATCH CASUALTY FIGURES IN INTRO /////

INTRO: Five U-S soldiers and four American civilians working for the U-S-led military coalition in Iraq, have been killed in two violent attacks. The bodies of at least three Americans were burned and put on display by a crowd in the town of Fallujah. V-O-A Correspondent Nick Simeone reports it is one of the deadliest days of violence against the U-S-led military coalition in weeks.

/// NAT SOUND OF CROWDS ///

TEXT: Crowds of Iraqis demonstrate in Fallujah after the American contractors were pulled from their vehicles and shot and burned beyond recognition, with one corpse then dragged through the street. At least two burned corpses were later seen hanging from a nearby bridge.

In Baghdad, U-S Army General Mark Kimmitt told reporters . . .

/// KIMMITT ACT ///

It is our understanding that there were four people traveling in two vehicles. What they were doing there, I am not sure of. Like most contractors, they have a responsibility throughout the country.

/// END ACT ///

Further north, five American soldiers were killed when their armored personnel carrier ran over a roadside bomb. In Washington, a White House spokesman called the attacks a horrible attempt to intimidate efforts to restore order to Iraq, but vowed those attempts will not succeed.

/// REST FOR LONG ///

Dan Senor, spokesman for U-S Iraqi administrator Paul Bremer said those responsible for these attacks want to return Iraq to the era of Saddam Hussein.

/// SENOR ACT ///

The people who pulled those bodies out and engaged in this attacks against the contractors are not people we are here to help.

/// END ACT ///

Two-days ago a U-N official warned the on-going attacks risk jeopardizing Iraqi elections that are supposed to take place by early next year. (SIGNED)

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