MARCH 20TH: Newspapers Look at Fifth Year Iraq War Anniversary Coverage

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This week we will be reviewing coverage in major newspapers related to the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

USA Today compiled a series of reports and profiles of people affected by the war in different ways and describes how their lives have changed. Among them, Charles Levinson tells the story of a soldier in his 30s, who after three deployments in five years to Iraq has lost his gung-ho spirit and, despite love for his job and country, has ?mixed feelings right now.? He then reports of the lives of a family of Iraqis, who only get three hours of electricity today, who until recently didn?t venture across town due to violence, and who lost family members to suicide attacks. Rick Hampson talks to the parents of Lt. Shane Childers, the first fatal casualty of the Iraq war. The New York Times has a story about the Iraqi army ? how it has rebuilt itself and how it is handling the insurgency, using the forces Mosul as an example of its problems and successes. Solomon Moore points out flaws, there are communication problems between the army and the defense ministry, equipment shortages enfeeble their ability to counter insurgents, and some tactics and less than professional and these hamper the Iraqi army?s effectiveness at managing its country?s security. Still, the army has made progress, even if it?s not enough or fast enough to assume full control. The L.A. Times looks at war through the eyes of the Pentagon and the conflicts among the leaders as to the direction of the war. …