Only ABC covered developments in the Persian Gulf region itself. Jim Sciutto went to Teheran to cover the municipal elections, the first test of the popularity of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since he took office: "These are in effect his midterm elections" as his opponents reversed the boycott they exercised on the previous ballot.
ABC's embedded producer Auzzie Dean in Iraq's al-Anbar province was impressed by an officer called Travis Patriquin. The USArmy captain spoke Arabic and had mapped out his own practical tactics for winning hearts and minds--and laid them out as a stick-figure PowerPoint presentation. Martha Raddatz paid glowing tribute to Patriquin's skills: "He even grew a moustache to make the locals feel better." Patriquin was killed by a roadside bomb last week.
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