Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Bread Shopping in a Bradley: US troops posted in Baghdad neighborhoods don't get fresh fruit or vegetables. About once a week they get frozen dinners delivered. But during her time embedded with American soldiers in Risala, reporter Anna Badkhen saw first hand how the commanders look for ways to boost morale.

"At 5 a.m., we hopped into two Bradley Fighting Vehicles and two tanks and went to the street where an Iraqi contractor was supposed to deliver concrete barriers for a new police checkpoint. We waited two hours, but he never showed," says Anna.

So, the company commander, wanting to salvage something from the outing, went shopping. "We stopped at a bakery and bought everything in sight for $13. The bakery owner wasn't thrilled at serving US troops; he never smiled and only responded with one word answers. But we brought 100 loaves back to the outpost," she says. "The soldiers were very happy. It's the freshest food they've had in months."

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