Guests and Topics for April 17

Here’s what is on tap for Thursday:

FOX & Friends First (6 a.m. ET)

Now that combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom is winding down, what lies ahead for our troops? Retired U.S. Marine Corps. Col. Richard Esau, joins the debate.

Italy wants him extradited. The Palestinian Authority wants him freed. And our government is mulling its options. FOX News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, sorts through the legal issues surrounding Abu Abbas.

The military operation is winding down in Iraq, but we still face some emotional risks. We’ll get tips to overcome the hidden emotional dangers from FNC contributor Dr. Georgia Witkin, best-selling author, the director of the Stress Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

FOX & Friends (7 a.m. ET)

Does the danger level increase for coalition forces as they move to the stabilization phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom? FNC military analyst retired U.S. Army Green Beret Maj. Bob Bevelacqua, weighs in.

Last week, CNN news executive Eason Jordan admitted that CNN suppressed news about Saddam Hussein and knowingly omitted information about the regime's atrocities in news reports. Has that compromised CNN’s reporting? Former CNN reporter Peter Collins joins us from Washington with an insider's perspective.

What will it take to get Iraq back on track? Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., joins the debate.

The burning question of Saddam's status still remains. Is the dictator still alive? We’ll ask Con Coughlin, author of Saddam: King of Terror and executive editor of the London Sunday Telegraph.

Plus, Syria’s government says it's not harboring terrorists or any of Saddam's henchmen. But are we buying it? New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former U.N. ambassador, weighs in.

And, relations with France have suffered from the war with Iraq. But could there be a positive future with the United States? Rich Lowry, National Review editor, offers insight.

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