to reports coming out of baghdad. Several news agencies are quoting
senior iraqi officials as saying the hanging would be carried out
before 6:00 578 local time. The it was thought the time was decide
during a meeting between iraqind officials. Let's talk to matt frye
who is in washing top. Matt, just picking up on that last point, the
united states administration has been keen to maintain the idea that
this is entirely an iraqi affair. And yet if that is what i just
read is true, there have been collusion on the finest details
between the iraqis and the americans think anyone is standing by.
The only message we've had from the white house is a message of
goodwill as they celebrate the hajj. Whatever we have had as a
milestone as the route of saddam hussein to the gallon low -- gallos
and how it might improve the situation on the ground some iraq
followed by disappointment and depression because they know the
execution of saddam hussein will probably have very little
significance. It might create a spike in the violence but it won't
>> It might provide some kind of punt punth pung punctuation as
>> Pupth punctuation galore, then there is sometime later this
weekee of th 3,000 american soldier killed in iraq since the
beginning of the war. A very significant milestone. The innumber
that people will remember for sometime to come, they might remember
that. The nation isn't so much focussed on the execution of saddam
hussein. The it is more focussed on trying to find out from its
commander-in-chief what exactly he has in mind in his new approa t
his new strategy that would actually work. How many troops are
involved, how much would it cost and why does he think it will make
the crucial difference.
>> Matt frye in washington, thank you very much i deed. For the
latest from baghdad, our correspondent peter chris.
>> Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.
>> Reporter: The moment that was supposed to be the beginning of
forethe iraqins si. Pulled saddam hussein out of the fox hole. It
took the authorities almost two years to finally bring saddam
hussein to trial, a soap o attack the new iraqi administration and
its american overlords. Now that long drawn out theatre is drawing
to a close. They told me within an hour i should be ready.
>> How do you feel about having to watch?
>> Nothing. I am judge. It is my job.
>> And tonight the security services are said to be bracing for
any violent backlash in response to saddam's happeninging, whenever
it takes place. Secrecy surrounds the execution but the authorities
are fully prepared to carry out the death accept tense: His brothers
visited him in prison. At the time of execution, he will beed hooded
with his hands behind his back. Government officials will be there
and a lawyer and a doctor and it will be filmed to provide proof of
his death. It will be the end of april era but not the end of their
troubles. Now we have have a commentator on iraq. Does this timing
surprise you? .
>> It's perfect really because it comes just before a long
holiday. That means the government doesn't have to make it a holiday
like decide that it is going to be a holiday as they
past, so it is a long holiday. People will be staying home in
baghdad. They have got to deliver now. They have got to implement
the sentence otherwise it will not look good for the government.
Implementing this sentence will enhance and boost its
image there are things being done.
>> The iraqi people are divided. The sunnis in particular react
to this. The iraqi people are divide evening the sunnis, they will
be glad to see the back of saddam hussein. Heas wars, hardship,
humiliation to iraq. Sunnis are not that happy about him, but of
course he has got some supporters among, you know, the remnant of
his regime and also some muslim fundamentalists. They're there to
fight the americans who they think they are the infidels, and there
are quite a few different organizations fighting the iraq government
and fighting the americans on different agendas vm>> It is a divide
insu as well. The country is almost united as far as saddam's fate
and saddam's crimes are concerned. Nobody is saying he hasn't
>> The 38s of somali's transitional government has entered the
capital a day after islamist forces withdrew. There have been
demonstrations against the ethiopian troops.
>> Nearly 16 years after the collapse of somali's last functint,
mogadishu is once again starting from scratch. And it's the powerful
ethan fo w forefront of this operation to drive out the islamist
militia from the city. Mogadishu has always been awash with weapons.
But for the most part, tanks and heavy artillery have not been seen
on the street since 1991 when the country descended into anarchy.
Somali somali's weak transitional government which has never had
control of mogadishu has been heavily dependent on ethiopia's air
power and support. But now efforts must be made to stabilize the
capital. Many somalis fear there could be a return the clan warfare.
A declaration of martial law is likely but the somali government may
struggle will to establish its control you less it engages with
clans among the cities. Ethiopia said its troops won't stay in
somalia longer a few weeks. Some the islamist source have been
captured. Ors have promised to withdraw to have retreateded.
>> Five days of memorial service for the former president gerald
ford are set to gip in a few hours. There will be a private funeral
today and before the public funeral tomorrow. And a national oun on
tuesday. Three million muslims have been praying on the slopes of
mount arafat where the islamic was said to have visited. .
>> It is a sea in devotion. Preconception preconception has
equalled the sexes who find men and women side by side and the world
eats fastest growing religion is a rainbow faith.
>> Everybody can tolerate each other, male and female. You can
tolerate one another.
>> Red people, black people, this is a very good feeling and very
>> You can see what female, we got all that together.
>> The message of equality and humility hugh. Lawn images, it is
no wonder it is conveyed here. .
>> Still to come on the programme, the rescue effort on sumatra a
week after heavy rains made thousands homeless. Here in britain
government is planning to increase the number of police officers
train to deal with a chemical, biological or radiation dirty bomb.
Manufacturer are bidding to supply 12,000 personal protection suits
to the british protection minute to be are trained to deal with such
attacks. This is the nightmare scenario the security services fear
the most. A dirty bomb attack. In this exercise, police and other
emergency workers are forced to dopf be using explosive and react
amount. The government is stepping up its preparedness for the real
thing. The fact that they used sarrin in 1995 killed thousands. And
radioactive material could be more devastating than the 7,000 police
officers. The home office confirmed 12,000 protective suits are on
the way to protect that number.
>> It was part of an ongoing process and not the result of any
spefshl any specific threat.
>> We fleed toneed to have every police officer fully trained in
this subject and done verse. Al qaeda member was jaileded for 40
years after he admitted to plotting tacks on the U.K. And some they
saddam hussein will be executed by 6:00 A.M. Saturday morning. His
lawyers make a last ditch effort to save him. Sinn fein has gotti
closer for developing a sits thome at that time. The secretary of
state said it could represent a, the national executive held i deb
is murray was there.
>> This is potentially one of the most dig. Sinn fein's dmn exist
relinquishing relinquishingy. Finally on the verge of supporting
policing and the live report mrt. He said he looking for a positive
response from unionists.
>> Everybody else had moved from the destructive fears and not
the fears that we are in for some long-term now the
>> The sinn fein says it's a secured profound changing in
errorsing. I think this move is sides mick.
>> The huge decision taken by sinn fein but not a huge step
required by unionists sharing par with reboundis.
>> Aid arriving at the temporary shelter, caused flooding and
land skieds across north sue national with a more00 be kill and more
than. There are certain thingshashouldn't be comednt but after a
weeklane, rod very. Meals like this or keeping will polish will will
mirm. In would take a september to get these boxes in under any
other circumstance but live is still being lived day to day. A week
since the wans moved in and forced the people out. The families
here, the routines are the staple but it's not homeame but it's not
home. Half the houses have been badly damaged. Most people here are
not moving back in yet. But hundreds of thousands of people camping
out in temporarily shelters creates another worry. Skin diseases
have been appearing in the camp and other diseases.
>> Breathing injuries, injure case.
>> Emergency hygiene packs and medical supplies are being sent to
>> One of the world's rich et countries but 5,000 children live
below the poverty. The pressure on iceland's poor have been getting
worse. We get this report from dominic.
>> They are growing up in a country that has income levels vast
below the poverty line. Chairt workers say they can see the result
>> They don't have any winter clothes at all and they can't
afford school meals.