In the Arab World, the fallout from the hanging of Saddam Hussein continued as cellphone images spread showing the lynchlike atmosphere at the gallows. CBS' Randall Pinkston noted the efforts by Amb Zalmay Khalilzad to distance the United States from an unseemly rush to hanging by asking the Baghdad government to be "careful with documentation" and to "provide the required paperwork."
NBC's Richard Engel concentrated on the illicit video itself: the taunting guards "apparently want Saddam to know that this is Shiite revenge." Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "a Shiite, rushed it through, apparently to exert his authority." Engel added that Shiite militiamen had prohibited NBC from covering reaction to the video by the Baghdad vox pop.
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