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Tonight - hellfire in Iraq.

Americans see their own left

for dead. I'll take the fire.

I'm about to get killed, God damn

Australian troops in damn it. Military taunt

Afghanistan. Another stumble

for AWB at the wheat scandal

inquiry. And how shock tactics

in Parliament zapped the Police

Minister.

Good evening. Juanita Philips

with ABC News. For George W.

Bush it's a classic case of bad

timing. He's already under

pressure over whether the war

in Iraq has put Americans at in Iraq has put Americans at

greater risk of terrorist

attack. Now, a chilling video

has emerged that is sure to

inflame the bitter political

debate over the war. Broadcast

on prime-time TV, it shows

Iraqi insurgents attacking a

convoy of trucks and killing

two Americans, but worst of all

it shows the US soldiers meant

to be protecting them, driving

away. Washington correspondent

Mark Simkin reports - and a

warning, his story contains warning, his story contains

some disturb ing images. This

convoy is about to make a

deadly mistake and it is all

caught on camera by one of the

drivers. The 12 trucks and

their military ex courts roll

through a town where they are

not welcome. Knock the hell out

of us. I total you we were

going to get... But they've

gone the wrong way. It's a dead

end and they have to turn end and they have to turn

around. We just missed our

turn. We've got to go through

that hell-hole again. On this

pass rocks are the least of

roadside bomb. their worries. God damn! It's a

One of the trucks is knocked

drives over, but the military escort

drives off. There's a press

Pret driver who pleads for

help. Truck can not move.

Please help me. I'm taking

fire. 10-4, come back. I'm

about to get killed, God damn

it. I do not know who the

driver was of that humvee, but

he abandoned us. The insur

gents then killed two drivers. They just killed him.

drivers. They just killed him. Oh, Jesus. They just killed

him. Oh, my God! A spy plane

filmed what happened next.

Villages hurl rocks at one of

the bodies. The incident

happened a year ago and since

then insurgent strikes are increased. Suicide attacks are

now at their highest level

since the invasion. The deteriorating security since the invasion. The

situation will be explosive in

Washington with its fierce debate about whether the war in

Iraq is fuelling global terrorism. It has legs that

terrorism around the lead to more extremism and

world. Tonight, the White House is concentrate ing on a

different front in the

so-called war on terror. George

W. Bush is having dinner with

the Presidents of Pakistan and

Afghanistan, trying to get them

to work together to defeat a resurgent resurgent Taliban. They'll have

a lot on their plates. General

Musharraf and Hamad Karzai have

spent the last few days

exchanging insights and

accusations. Let's go and eat

dinner. Australian Defence

Force s operating in

Afghanistan have been accused

of killing civilians during

fierce fighting in the

country's south. The claim was

made by a rebel Taliban

commander who was involved in

the fighting earlier this month the fighting earlier this month

near the Australian base in the

Province of Oruzgan. Mullah

Mohammad claimed that the

Taliban still had up to 6,000 guerrillas ready to take on

Australian troops. South Asia

correspondent Peter Lloyd

reports from Oruszgan

Province. This is the district

of Chura in Oruszgan Province

where the Australians took op

the Taliban. Unofficial counts

say they killed more than say they killed more than 100

insurgents and the Taliban

commander who took part in the

fighting says there's more to

the story. TRANSLATION: They

caused a lot of damage and

killed a lot of villages and

ordinary people. The Taliban

didn't receive a lot of

casualties. It's not safe to

approach the Taliban, so these

pictures were recorded to the

ABC by an Afghan news crew.

Here the insurgents are fending

off Afghan army soldiers after off Afghan army soldiers after

over running a checkpoint. They are the first published images

of the man power and weaponry

confronting Australian

soldiers. It is an arsenal of

Russian occupation-era heavy machine guns, Kalashnikovs and

rockets. Mullah Mohammad wanted

to show off his most deadly

weapon - the anti-tank mine.

TRANSLATION: We plant this

under bridges to thing down under bridges to thing down the

infidel with this. The other

day we used one to the kill

10-12 infidels. We destroyed

their tank, too. By November,

400 Australian troops will be

based at Camp Holland in Oruszgan Province on a mission

to rebuild the region's

infrastructure. But the Taliban

have other plans. We won't let them be based here. They are

our enemies. They are no

different to the Americans. We

will fight all the will fight all the infidels in

our country. My reaction sow

that threat is the Australian

soldiers are here to help the

people of Oruzgan. The

Australian soldiers are here to

help drop a basic

infrastructure and that's what

we intend the do. These

pictures are from a Taliban

recruiting tape. It's a call to

arms, urging people to join a

holy war against foreign

occupation. It includes a

terrifying message of Iraqi-the style intimidation. style intimidation. These

captured Afghan government

soldiers were paraded moments

before being beheaded on

camera. The insurgent s' message is directed at the

media. The lead oar f the

Taliban in Oruszgan Province

says foreign reporters who

spread what he calls "NATO

propaganda" are legitimate

targets. The Prime Minister has

dismissed the allegations

against Australian forces in Afghanistan. John Howard says against Australian forces in

he's not aware of any

Australian soldiers killing

villages. I would be very

confident in say ing that

Australia's special forces have

behaved with the utmost

courage, the utmost decency and

in the best traditions of

Australia's military forces. In

a written statement, the

Defence Department has also

no rejected the allegation, saying

no Afghan nationals have

complained to coalition authorities. Well, it took them

nine months, but AWB has

finally handed over a document

linking it to cover-ups over

illegal payments to Iraq. A

crucial email detailing how it

disguised the payments was give

on the the Cole Inquiry last

night. Today, the commission

blasted the wheat exporter for

holding it back, saying the

inquiry had been prolonged by months.

months. Tempers are beginning

to fray at the Cole Inquiry.

Former AWB chairman Trevor

Flugge clashed with a cameraman after his appearance at the

hearing today was postponed. Inside, the most damning

document about the company so

far was tend ed - tendered as

evidence N the year 2000, AWB executive Mark Eamons explained

in an email how the company cheated cheated the sanctions regime.

He wrote that under UN and

Australian law, no payment

could be made directly to Iraq,

so instead, he was ask ing another company to make the

payment for AWB through a

Jordanian trucking company. His

instructions were to clearly

separate the wheat price from

any logistics charge in case

the contracts came under

scrutiny. He wanted a third

party to do this party to do this because it not

only saves us time, but does

disguise the fee. Commissioner

Cole blasted AWB this morning

for only tabling this email

last night when it was under an

order to produce all relevant

documents from last December. He told the hearing:

AWB's barrister Chris Judd

admitted it was a crucial

document. He said:

The cost of extending the

inquiry has been borne by

taxpayers and wheat farmers who

are paying AWB's legal bills.

The final cost for the

commission could reach $20

million. And late this

afternoon, peeve peeve peeve,

the AWB lawyer who omitted to hand over

hand over the email, could not

explain why it was not tendered

earlier.

A 2-year police hunt ended

with a court hearing? Sydney today. Saleh Jamal fled Sydney,

a head of his trial for a

number of shootings. But today

he was brought home from

Lebanon in the custody of detectives investigating organised crime. After delays

due to the bombing of Beirut airport, airport, detectives from the

NSW Middle Eastern organised

Crime Squad finally arrived in

Sydney this morning with the

man they've been fighting to

return for trial. In May 2006

this year federal authorities

apply to Lebanon for the

extradition of a 31-year-old

man who was being held in

custody. That extradition was

approved by the Lebanese

authorities. Saleh Jamal skipped bail

skipped bail 2.5iers ago when

waiting to be tried for a

drive-by gun attack at Leka in

Sydney's west in 1998 and for

shooting a man the same year.

While in jail in Beirut he told

reporters that Australia was an

ill ledge mate country that

should be ruleed by Islamic law

and it would face the consequences through his

deportation from Lebanon. His

lawyer says he's been on a

hunger strike since leaving hunger strike since leaving there. That claims that my

client was convicted of a

terror-related offence. That's

not true. He served time in a

Lebanese jail for fastifying

documents. No terror-related

offences. All he wants now is

to be afforded his Dow process,

as per his right as an

Australian citizen. The other

men accused over the Lakemba

attack were equit acquitted in

Saleh Jamal's absence but now Saleh Jamal's absence but now they said they would present

new evidence in his trial. He

was not brought up into the dk

and his lawyer didn't apply for

bail and he's been given a week

to seek instructions from his

Clint before the case proceeds.

There's been a fiery exchange

in a Sydney curt between former Rugby League star Ian Roberts

and the man he says sexually

abused him. Mr Roberts was being cross-examined by Frederick Rix at the inquest Frederick Rix at the inquest

into the death of teenage

prostitute right Aaron

Light. Frederick Rix told a

previous court hearing that he

remembers Ian Roberts as a man

built like a Greek God but

today he unleashed a verbal

assault on Mr Roberts'

sexuality. He told the former

league star he'd contaminated

his fellow league players with

what he called homosexual filth. He said:

Mr Roberts has accused Mr Rix

of sexually assaulting him in

1981. Similar allegations were

made by Aaron Light who was

killed just before he was due

to testify against Mr Rix. The

17-year-old's body was found in

a shallow grave on the banks of

the Alexandria canal four years

ago. Mr Rix challenged Mr

Roberts over his allegations of

assault.

Mr Rix told the court Mr

Roberts was a pathological liar and had fabricated the whole

story. In the middle of

cross-examination, Mr Rix tried

to serve Mr Roberts with a

defamation action for $10 million, but the million, but the Coroner put a

stop to it saying it was

nothing more than an attempt by

Mr Rix to in Tim date the witness. For the second day

running, the Coroner threatened

to jail Mr Rix for his

behaviour in court. Mr Roberts

said the 78-year-old would do

anything to cover up the fact

that he'd murdered Aaron Light.

The Premier has apologised to

a Sydney family over

a Sydney family over a bungle

ed diagnosis at Hornsby

Hospital. Matthew and Nikki Summerhayes say the hospital

sent their vomiting baby home

with a Panadol. They brought

him back because he was getting

worse and doctors found a piece

of velcro in his throat. I

never want a mother to go

through what I went through.

I'm still seeing every 5

minutes his face turning blue

and I cannot get that image out

of my head. It is something, as I've said,

as I've said, is a matter of

regret, personal as well as

government. The Opposition says

he's further proof of systematic failures in the

health system. Hornsby Hospital

has apologised for any distress

caused and has launched an

investigation. The sister of an

Irish tourist who was bashed

outside a Bondi hotel has

broken down during a public

appeal for information about

the attack. Dune dune dune was punched to the ground and punched to the ground and kick

in the head by several men near

the Royal Hotel last Friday.

The 23-year-old known to family

as JP is on life support in St

Vincent's Hospital. His sister

Trisha Counihan arrived from Ireland earlier this week but

was too upset to speak today. A

consular official read her

statement. If anyone saw

anything in relation to the

assault on JP, please come

forward and assist police with forward and assist police with

their inquiries as this attack

was particularly brutal. Police

are looking for three men of

Pacific islander appearance in

their mid 20s. One with a

mohawk and tattoos on his arm

and leg. It seemed like a good

idea at the time - get a

volunteer, zap him with a

50,000 volt stun gun and show

the media what an effective

technique it would be against technique it would be against

criminals. But the stun gun has

backfired for Police Minister

Carl Scully. He's now in

trouble for bringing an unthoezed weapon into

Parliament House. It's not the

first time Carl Scully has

promised police stun-guns. I

would see great potential for

rolling them out for police in

operational circumstances. But

the minister has never seen

them fired before. He brought

the Police Union and the

stun-gun makers to Parliament

House and a volunteer victim.

House and a volunteer victim. Oh.

The gunfires a powerful

electrical current, but the

stunt quickly backfired on the

minister. It is illegal to

bring a weapon into Parliament

House and while special

permission had been sought, at

least one of the presiding

officers had expressly

forbidden the stun-gun exercise. It's been a very exercise. It's been a very long

convention since Charles 1st that armaments aren't brought

into Parliament House. Meredith

Burgmann said Mr Scully should

know better. She's scud her

colleague of flouting the

President's authority. Certain

ly we'll be looking at it in

terms of contempt. It was a

shocking thing to do. The row

over shadowed debate on whether

stun-guns are a good idea.

Opponents worry about American evidence that

evidence that they can worsen

existing medical conditions and

may even cause death. This is

not an alternative to lethal

force because evidence overseas

suggest that these guns lead to death. The Government is at

least 6 months away from giving stun-guns the go ahead and it's

back ?away from its initial

plans to issue them only in

rights, but now it is looking

at a proposal to distribute at a proposal to distribute

them widely in police vehicles throughout NSW.

Tonight's top story - new

images of Americans being

killed in Iraq put more

pressure on the President. And

still to come - Rugby League's

grand final warriors break

bread.

The issue of how and from whom Australians get their news and information

and information came before a

senate inquiry today. One of

the country's biggest newspaper

groups Fairfax told the inquiry

the proposed shake-up of media

laws was a threat to diversity.

Fairfax says the bill should be changed to make sure aurns have

a wide range of media outlets

to choose from. It's taken

20ers to produce the biggest

revolution in commercial media,

but time does not stand still but time does not stand still

at the senate inquiry. The

program is very full. 32

witnesses today and tomorrow. The publishers of the 'Sydney

Morning Herald' and the 'Age'

wasted no time attacking the

Government's plan to let

existing TV operators own a new

digital mobile TV service. If

that impasse can't be

corrected, then we would prefer

the legislation to be voted down. Fairfax down. Fairfax could always buy

a TV network, but says they're

too expensive. If all you have

is existing voices having more

outlets for their existing

content, we don't think it does

enhance mock siz. That's

exactly what some predict will

happen. The effect of this will

be a significant reduction in

jobs and a significant

reduction in diversity. Despite

the promise of diversity via

the Internet, the Watchdog who the Internet, the Watchdog who

will help shape the media

industry after the new laws

come in discounts it ability to

compete as a force in news. It

hasn't shown any significant

signs at this point in time of

providing a greater diversity

of credible information and

news. Withins have come to the

inquiry with a mine-boggling

range of hopes and fears. More range of hopes and fears. More

channels and more regulation

for some, through to those who

want nearly all media rules

ripped up. One think-tank wants

to abolish laws protecting the

most popular sporting events

for free TV. Why is the grand final uniquely important that

we should make it a public

good? The committee will report

next week, giving an indication

where waivering coalition

senators will stand.

On to finance now and the local share market rose again

today, following strong begins

on commodity markets. Alan

Kohler has the details.

The fact that share prices

built on yesterday's huge rise,

rather than getting altitude

sickness and falling to earth,

will be quit encouraging for

investors. But Qantas fell 3.5%

and CSL 1.7% and the biggest

gains were among resource gains were among resource

stocks. I suspect this has a

lot to do with the fact that mining and energy stocks, which

are essentially global, have

fallen behind world share

prices over the last couple of months. Usually they track the

global index as they did during

the first half of the year.

Now, this graph shows the

change that's occurred pretty

clearly. Though it doesn't

explain why that gap has opened

up. It could be the oil price.

Since July 1st metal prices in London have London have been risinging

steadily in line with world's

economic prospects, but the oil

price has slumped from the peak

set during the war in Lebanon.

Although the oil price rose

rather strongly last night. It

was up more than 3% in New

York. The gold price followed

suit going above US $600 for

the first time in a couple of

weeks and the copper price

edged half a per cent higher.

Shares on Wall Street were more

or less steady last night and back

back to the local market for a

moment, shareholders in Australian Pharmaceutical

Industries has had an emotional

week. It went up 30% in the

first two days because of

takeover rumours and today it

slumped 11% after the company

lowered it profit guidance at

the annual meeting. ABS data on

job vay Kay cys is down a bit

after a record high in July and finally the finally the Australian dollar

has slipped below US $0.75 for

the first time since mid-July.

That's finance. The NRMA has

told a senate inquiry that oil

companies are still putting up

petrol prices just before long

weekends and school holidays.

The motoring group president

Iain Evans says there's

evidence of a steep hike in

petrol prices over the last 24

hours. So when you see a 10 and 12

12 cent increase overnight it

can only be down to one thing,

that the oil companies know

that more people willious more

fuel this weekend because there

will be more demand so they

take the opportunity to

increase their prices. The NRMA

has called for greater transparency on how petrol

prices are set. Caltex says fuel mostly costs more around

this time of the week but

prices usually fall over the

weekend. Melbourne and Brisbane

have met face-to-face at the

have met face-to-face at the

NRL's traditional grand final

breakfast a head of Sunday's

showdown. The Storm escaped the

media flight by flying straight

back home, while the Broncos

have set up camp in Sydney.

This year's decider pit as proven grand final winner

against a team who only has one

premiership player but boasts outstanding form this season.

Melbourne had won the minor

premiership weeks before the finals, while the Broncos saved their best for

their best for the play-offs.

COMMENTATOR: Berrigan,

Berrigan - he is over. We

have a lot of experienced

players in our team that have

played at all levels. So they

know what is in front of them

and we've get nine of them who

have played in grand finals

before. It's a big occasion for

everybody and while we want to

enjoy the week, we don't want

to get carried away with it and

lose our focus on what is

important. Long-serving important. Long-serving

Brisbane prop Shane Webcke has

tried to play down the emotion

of his final game. But there's

little doubt it is motivating

his team-mates. Over the years

we've been involved in some

great battles together and

certainly we'll enjoy the

moment, packing down with him

one last time on Sunday. While

grand final fever is growing in

Brisbane with the club's flag flying on Story Bridge, Melbourne has a greater

appreciation of the Storm than appreciation of the Storm than

when its club won its only

premiership seven years ago. We

were more of a novelty act in

'99. Everyone knows we're here

for good and we've a quality

team and a lot of

representative players. Us in

the backs we'll have our hands

full trying to contain these

guys. They can change a game

in the blink of an eyelid. The

Storm have won both games

against the Broncos and will start favourite. It looks

It looks as if the Sydney

Swans star Jolly jol will make Saturday's grand final after

(All) Though he didn't travel

with the team today. He

promised his wife he'd be at

the birth of their first child

no matter what and she went

into labour this afternoon. The

Swans have known for months

jolly would give up a grand

final berth if his wife went

into labour. Fortunately the timing should

timing should allow the ruckman

to make it for the final. It's

a rare hiccups for the

Swans. The game is almost

impossible to drop anyone. In

contrast, Eagles David

Wirrpanda and Daniel Kerr

remain under injury clouds as

the team travels east. CHEERING

While the Eagles have been

under intense scrutiny all

week, the Swans have revelled

in the relative privacy of Sydney. The Sydney. The fact that we can

fly under the radar a bit and

then get down because I think

you need to enjoy it and

understand the hype of it as well when you get down

there. The Swans link to South

Melbourne hasn't been forgotten

and the Town Hall have been

renamed. Barry Hall, that's

what we call it. There's no

higher place. It is often said

that football is a religion in

Australia. I can turn it that

way and you've only get red. Father Bob Maguire admits Father Bob Maguire admits he'll

be say ago prayer for his pa

rich eer ins on Saturday. Have

to be for blood reasons. Have

to be. Plenty of Eagles have

landed in Melbourne with the

blue and yellow clear ly

outweighing the red and white

at Federation Square. It's only

a short trip down from Sydney

so hopefully we make more noise

than they do. No competition

today at least. Come on,

Eagles. Woo-hoo! The

Australian women's hockey team

has beaten South Africa 1-0 in

its first game in Madrid. The

Hockeyroos side involves

several players involve

somebody their first major

championship and nerves played

a part in regular turnovers.

Madonna Blyth was the only

player to condition vert for

Australia scoring just before

half-time. The Hockeyroos's

next match was against the

United States later

United States later tonight.

Musicians the world over regard

them with awe. The Vienna

Philharmonic is performing here

for the first time at the helm

is a renowned Russian conductor

and among the players - one

Australian.

He's one of the world's

top-drawer conductors and

Valery Gergiev is in his

element with the equally element with the equally top

drawer orchestra the Vienna

Philharmonic. The Vienna Philharmonic has to be

completely and totally

satisfying artistically. Also

the human contact and

friendship and respect and the

way of music making. The

maestro travels the world with

the orchestra, carrying on what

they call the golden tradition.

Custodians of classic composers Custodians of classic composers

like Mozart, chie cor city and

balms. He also conducts his own

orchestra, Marinsky in St

Petersburg and he's a conductor

with the Met met in New York

and the London Symphony. The

music doesn't tire you. The

travel can tire you. Adelaide-born musician

Toby Lea is making his

professional Australian debut

with the famous orchestra he

joined 12 years ago. I joined 12 years ago. I have a

great deal of personal pride as

a foreigner I broke into that

scene, especially coming back

here now and showing everybody

what I managed to do and what

the orchestra can do. It's

extremely difficult to join the

ranks. When you get there, you

don't leave. So if you do win a

position there, it's for life

and they expect you to stay

until you are 65 when you until you are 65 when you can

retire. Tickets for the four

concerts sold out, but tomorrow

night there is a free SIM cast

outside the Sydney Opera House

where the orchestra is continuing its golden tradition.

And what a nice way to get us

into the weather with Mike Bailey. Thanks, Juanita.

Another mostlidary day and conditions around Sydney conditions around Sydney have

impacted heavily on dam levels.

Some rain developing in

Alice Springs with a cloud mass that's been interesting to watch over the past couple of

days. It is expected to move

into parts of the northern into parts of the northern half

of the west in NSW tomorrow,

but the bad news is it's unlikely to produce much rain.

The trough in the north-east is

likely to generate showers

tomorrow, generally north of

around about Tamworth.

Generally, the rainfall pattern

will favour Central Australia

at first with those late thunderstorms likely to affect

Brisbane tomorrow. One or two showers likely for both

Melbourne and Hobart and that

rain expected to clear from Alice Springs overnight.

The grand final day looks

fine with a top of 26 in Sydney

and Saturday in Melbourne fine

and 20. Thanks for that, Mike.

Before we go, another look

another the stories making news

tonight - the head of the AWB

kickbacks inquiry has slammed

the wheat exporter for taking

so long to hand over crucial

documents. Harrowing images

from Iraq showing a fatal

attack on a truck convoy have reignited debate about the war

and America's role in it. And

the Defence Department has

dismissed Taliban claims that

Australian troops have killed

civilians in Afghanistan,

saying it's propaganda. And that's ABC News for this

Thursday. I'm Juanita Philips.

I'll be back with updates

throughout the evening and

'Lateline' is along at about

10.25, followed by 'Lateline

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with a bumper Grand Final week

ahead it's a tale of two cities

and two codes. Later we'll

take a look at the power shift

in Australian Rules and Rugby

League football. First

tonight, more than a week after

the landmark court ruling that recognised native title over

the metropolitan area of Perth,

the aftershocks continue. The

West Australian Premier Alan

Carpenter has revealed to the

7.30 Report that his Government

will lodge an appeal against