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Iraq War / Saddam Execution #854470

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 29, 2006
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The impending hanging of Iraq’s former President Saddam Hussein introduced.

(Studio: Katie Couric; Pentagon: David Martin) The timing and protocol for the execution discussed.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Randall Pinkston) The confusion and rumors about the execution reviewed; details given of questions about who has custody and the scheduling during a Muslim holiday. ["Al-Quds" newspaper editor Abdel Bari ATWAN†- predicts it will inflame the sectarian civil war.] The others who will be executed with Saddam mentioned. [Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-RUBAIE†- describes how Saddam’s body will be treated.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live interview held with former Iraq commander retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste† about the impact of Saddam’s execution. [From Rochester, New York, BATISTE – says we won’t see a decrease in violence until we have a unified US strategy and the Iraqi people embrace change together; expresses his view on President Bush’s plan to increase US troops in Iraq.]

Couric, Katie;
Martin, David;
Pinkston, Randall

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