Topics and Guests, April 8

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

U.S. officials hope to know soon whether Saddam Hussein is dead or alive. A U.S. Central Command spokesman says "it will take some time" to determine whether the Iraqi dictator was killed when a U.S. Air Force jet dropped four huge bombs on a building where he was believed to be meeting with other regime leaders.


• Two journalists are killed and at least three are injured when U.S. forces fired on their hotel in central Baghdad. The Americans say they were responding to fire in the area of the hotel.

• A coalition A-10 "Warthog" warplane is shot down near Baghdad in what is believed to be the first downing of a coalition aircraft by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile.

• Iraqi forces stage a major counterattack, sending buses and trucks full of fighters across the Tigris River in an attempt to overrun U.S. forces holding a strategic intersection on the western side of Baghdad.

• U.S. forces are fighting for control of a military airport in southeast Baghdad as they encounter pockets of unconventional, and at times intense, resistance throughout the capital area.

• Laying claim to "an important role" for the United Nations in postwar Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stresses that only the world body can bring legitimacy to the work of rebuilding the nation.

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