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Iraq War / Casualties / Saddam's Sentence / Bush #854147

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 26, 2006
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(Studio: Lester Holt) The deaths of 7 more Americans in Iraq, raising the total to more than were killed in the 9/11 attacks, noted.

(Baghdad: Richard Engel) The upholding of the death sentence for former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for his role in the Dujail killings featured; details given of the reaction among Iraqis and the expectation that the execution will trigger more violence; scenes shown from the courtroom and from car bombing sites in Baghdad. [Chief Judge Aref SHAHIN† {thru translator} – says nobody has the right to lighten the sentence.] [International Center for Transitional Justice Miranda SISSONS†- says this has not fulfilled the minimum fair trial standards.] The protocol for the execution detailed. The reporter’s impressions of Baghdad after a 7-week absence discussed.

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: Kelly O’Donnell) President Bush’s meetings at his Crawford, Texas, ranch to discuss Iraq strategy featured; details given of the White House reaction to Saddam’s sentence; scenes shown of Bush and First Lady Laura Bush arriving in Texas with their dog.

Holt, Lester;
Engel, Richard;
O’Donnell, Kelly

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