In Iraq, ABC's Martha Raddatz concentrated on military matters, CBS' Lara Logan on political affairs. Deputy Minister Hakim al-Zamili was arrested at the Health Ministry, accused of funneling funds to his political base (he belongs to Muqtada al-Sadr's radical Shiite bloc) and allowing its Mahdi Army death squads to operate in government hospitals and morgues. Logan noted that US forces did not ask permission from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki before arresting one of his ministers: "Top government officials are no longer protected."
Raddatz toured hot spots in al-Anbar province with USMC Gen Richard Zilmer. The province contains "almost every city and town in Iraq known for extreme violence…the heart of the Sunni insurgency." Zilmer relies heavily on Iraqi soldiers and police to back up US troops to pacify the province: "That has clearly not gone well in the past." She recounted one battalion of 800 soldiers in Ramadi: "Only 20 showed up."
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