Both NBC and CBS led with late-breaking news that US military authorities in Iraq have been asked to hand former dictator Saddam Hussein over to his executioners for a weekend hanging. CBS' Randall Pinkston called his report an Exclusive even though it aired at the same time as that of NBC's Richard Engel and contained much of the same information about videotape of the hanging that ABC's Terry McCarthy (subscription required) reported on Tuesday. What Pinkston showed, that his rivals did not, were soundbites from Iraq's National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie.
President George Bush's war cabinet is close to a decision to dispatch 20,000 troop reinforcements to Iraq, CBS' David Martin reported. However Bush may be vetoed by Baghdad: "a smaller build-up of about 8,000 US troops" is the most Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "could handle politically," Martin's military source told him.
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