This program is about 1 hour long
(Riga, Latvia: Bret Baier) Bush’s comments today about the Iraq strategy reviewed; details given on the Iraq study group’s possible proposal for the US to ask Iran and Syria for help. [BUSH – claims the US will not withdraw troops until the mission is complete; says the US will talk with Iran if they suspend their nuclear enrichment programs; insists we will keep pursuing Al Qaeda.]
(Amman, Jordan: Shepard Smith) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Mike Emanuel) The US official’s claims that Hizballah has been training Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia and that Al Qaeda in Iraq is responsible for the increase in sectarian violence reviewed; details given on the latest attacks across Iraq, the recovery of 50 torture victims, the suicide bombing aimed at the governor in Kirkuk, and the investigation into the cause of the US military plane crash; scenes shown of a bombed car and from the plane crash site.
(Amman, Jordan: Shepard Smith) Scenes shown of the march in memory of al-Sadr’s father’s death in Sadr City in Baghdad and Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s meeting with Talabani.
(Istanbul: Jennifer Griffin) Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey reviewed; scenes shown of the Pope’s arrival in Ankara and meeting with the head of Turkey’s religious affairs; details given on the Muslims’ protests.
(Beirut, Lebanon: Dana Lewis) An Islamic militant leader’s suicide bombing on the Syria-Lebanon border, the march in honor of assassinated politician Pierre Gemayel in Beirut, and fears of a civil war between the government and Hizballah reviewed; scenes shown of demonstrators and army troops. [US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey FELTMAN- says the Lebanese people need to show support for their democratically elected government.]
(Miami: Orlando Salinas) The charges against 7 ex-guards and a nurse for the death of 14-year-old Martin Anderson at a juvenile boot camp in Bay County, Florida, reviewed; footage shown of guards manhandling Anderson in January. [Hillsborough County state attorney Mark OBER- says misconduct cannot be tolerated.]
(Fox Weather Center: Chris Knowles) National forecast given; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Washington: Malini Bawa) Reactions to the Marines’ recent assessment that the US is losing to the insurgency in Iraq’s Anbar province featured; map shown. [US Military spokesman Maj. Gen. William CALDWELL- says the troops are making progress in Ramadi.] Statement from Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Brian Salas quoted on screen.
(Washington: Major Garrett) Presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to appoint Representative Alcee Hastings as Select Intelligence Committee Chair reviewed; details given on his background. [HASTINGS – comments.] Statement from Hastings quoted on screen.
(Amman, Jordan: Shepard Smith) Senator Harry Reid’s priorities for the next Congress noted.
(London: Martin Brunt) The latest developments in the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko reviewed; details given on Italian contact Mario Scaramella’s meeting with British police and the testing of others who may have been contaminated by the radioactive substance; NHS Direct helpline statistics cited. [British Home Secretary John REID- comments on the public’s health concerns.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR- says there is no political barrier to the investigation.]