In Iraq itself, ABC's Terry McCarthy (subscription required) found a "war that knows no holidays." He followed Gen Joseph Fil of the USArmy's First Cavalry as he checked on his troops' morale in person at remote outposts miles away from the food hall at headquarters. Camp Gator Swamp, for example, is "fairly Spartan." CBS' Randall Pinkston reported from the feast itself: the very military police unit that organized the Christmas program at Camp Victory suffered three fatalities.
CBS' Jim Axelrod looked into links between the Shiite opposition leader abdul-Aziz al-Hakim and Teheran. A US military raid may have arrested Iranian spies in the act of plotting with al-Hakim's militia. Axelrod reminded us that the White House may be grooming al-Hakim as an alternative to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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