All three networks covered a third Iraq development as details unfolded about a guerrilla raid on the governor's compound in Karbala last weekend that ended in five US military dead. On Monday Mike Boettcher had narrated an NBC News Animation of the raid that turned out to be incorrect. Only one of the five had been killed in the raid itself; the other four had been abducted and killed later.
ABC's Miguel Marquez called the assault "brazen and brutal" with the guerrillas dressed in US military uniform, speaking English, carrying US weapons and driving General Motors SUVs. His network's animation--dubbed a Virtual View--showed a convoy of black vehicles entering the compound (they were white in NBC's recreation, black in CBS' narrated by Bob Orr). After NBC's Jim Miklaszewski presented his network's revised animation, he drew this lesson for embedded US troops in Baghdad. They "will have to rely on the Iraqis for protection, just as they did in Karbala." Miklaszewski's unnamed source called those embedded forces "Custer at Little Big Horn."
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