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Iraq War / Saddam Execution #847906

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 29, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Terry McCarthy) The imminent execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for killing fellow Iraqis featured; details given about the timing & a Muslim holy festival & about the potential for a violent backlash after he is hanged. Statement from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki about the execution quoted.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The potential impact of the hanging introduced.

(Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) The US fear of revenge attacks by Sunni insurgents with car bombs targeting US forces & Shiite Muslims examined; details given of the security plan & heightened alert, including keeping the time & place of the execution secret. [ABC News military analyst Tony CORDESMAN†- comments on the likely exploitation of the execution of "yesterday's man."] [Council on Foreign Relations Noah FELDMAN†- says everyone is on alert all the time.]

Gibson, Charles;
McCarthy, Terry;
Karl, Jonathan

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