Topics and Guests, December 26

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Steve Harrigan reports: The Iraqi army says it has been holding exercises in central Iraq aimed at countering an American attack, another sign that Saddam Hussein's government may believe war is inevitable. Also, warplanes from the U.S.-British coalition bomb Iraqi military command and communication targets near Talil in southern Iraq.

Guest preview: Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, shares with us her concerns about America's school children and their historical knowledge.


• North Korea's recent activity at a nuclear power facility amounts to "nuclear brinkmanship," says the director of a U.N. watchdog agency.

• Suspected Muslim rebels ambush a vehicle in the southern Philippines, killing 12 people and injuring nine.

• Israeli soldiers hunting militiamen in the West Bank kill six Palestinians -- four gunmen, an unarmed teenager and an apparent bystander. Five Israeli soldiers are wounded.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
— Guests and topics are subject to change