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AMMAN JOURNAL

This city has taken on a different feel this week -- more roadblocks at the airport, more sudden traffic stoppages on the streets, more troops and military vehicles on patrol. There are obvious security concerns here because of the number of dignitaries visiting. We changed planes in Paris and were stunned to read news of the Hadley memorandum on our BlackBerries. I've just discussed it with David Gregory (who is across town from me at the President's hotel) and Richard Engel, who is here alongside me on his laptop at a converted dining room table at the hotel we are using in Amman. Richard just gave our small team his latest briefing on Iraq, and it was sobering.

We'll begin with the news from here: not just the leaked administration memo, but the decision to put off the talks between President Bush and the Iraqi Prime Minister until tomorrow morning. As Engel warned us: don't be surprised to see some manifestation of the famous Iraqi pride. We are already seeing that in part, in what aides to al-Maliki are saying about why they canceled tonight's session.


We'll hear from David, Richard, Miklaszewski and Russert on this moment in history -- the history of this region and the involvement of the United States.

Pete Williams will report tonight on the intersection of global warming and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ned Colt will report on this new chapter of the spy story in the United Kingdom -- the three British Airways aircraft said to have tested positive for the highly dangerous nuclear substance that killed the former Soviet spy.

And I will do some reporting for tonight's broadcast on the part of Amman that now feels like Baghdad, due to the high number of Iraqis who have fled here. Seeing an Iraqi license plate on a car in Amman used to be exceedingly rare. It no longer is.

There is another news item that we're watching coverage of on SKY News right now -- the sad word that the infant son of British Chancellor Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, Fraser Brown, has apparently been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The couple lost a child a few years ago, in a heartbreak that played out all too publicly. Just today they announced this diagnosis, which has apparently been known to them since July. I was able to spend some time during the last year with the Chancellor, in Africa and elsewhere, and I know how much joy this four-month-old child has brought to their lives... this is a sad story indeed.

We will stay here in Amman for as long as it takes for this story to play out. We hope you can join us for the broadcast from here tonight.