Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Unplugged and unembedded

"On Tuesday, Jan. 25 at noon PST, Terrence McNally will interview freelance journalist Dahr Jamail on the show Free Forum, streamed live on the web on KPFK. Jamail is an American who has been reporting from Baghdad for eight months out of the past 12. He is one of the few independent, unembedded reporters from the West currently in the country. In the interview he'll discuss the upcoming elections, who the 'insurgents' really are, media repression and how the US military prevented journalists from covering the truth about events in Fallujah.

Jamail's dispatches, posted regularly on his website, offer concise, detailed and often brutal insights into the situation in Iraq, as well as images that you won't see anywhere else.

From 'Collective Punishment,' Jan. 14: '

It's not a new tactic here in Iraq. The US military has been doing it for well over a year now. Last January 3rd, in the Al-Dora rural region on the outskirts of Baghdad, where beautiful farms of date palms and orange trees line the banks of the Tigris, I visited a farm where occupation forces had lobbed several mortars.

The military claimed they had been attacked by fighters in the area, while the locals denied any knowledge of harboring resistance fighters.

Standing in a field full of unexploded mortar rounds, a farmer explained, 'We don't know why they bomb our house and our fields. We have never resisted the Americans. There are foreign fighters who have passed through here, and I think this is who they want. But why are they bombing us?'"

AlterNet: War on Iraq: Unplugged and unembedded

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President George W. Bush's statement in March 2006 after 3 yrs of war "a future President will have to resolve war in Iraq"


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