Under a guise of fiction, realities of war

From The New York Times:

In 2000 Mr. Junger went with Mr. Scott Anderson to Bosnia, where they accidentally almost captured one of the world’s most-wanted war criminals. “The idea was to head to the Croatian coast, drink beer and look at girls,” recalled Mr. Junger. “Instead we detoured into some hell hole on the border of Montenegro when we heard that Radovan Karadzic had been spotted there.”

Serb satraps mistook them for an American intelligence hit team and offered up Karadzic in exchange for bribes including visas to the United States. “We said, O.K., let’s see where this goes,” Mr. Junger said. “It was a stupid, dangerous game to be playing,” one that quickly put them in the sights of real C.I.A. officers, who were not amused.

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Bound, Blindfolded, and Dead: The Face of Revenge in Baghdad

From the New York Times:

“If the Americans leave, we are finished,” said Hassan al-Azawi, whose brother was taken from the pet shop.

He thought for a moment more.

“We may be finished already.”

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Iraq Violence Turns Inward

From the New York Times:
I recently met a Sunni man who used to be virulently anti-American. He showed me postmortem pictures of his younger brother, who had been kidnapped by death squads and had holes drilled in his face.

“Even the Americans wouldn’t do this,” he said.

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Photo Books Show Two Different Iraqs

From PDN:

With the benefit of more time, two recent photo books have tried to show the war from new angles. They take fundamentally different approaches: one from the viewpoint of the American solider, the other from the viewpoint of the Iraqi citizens.

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Iraq war correspondents discuss…

From UC Berkeley News:

Jackie Spinner, Washington Post staff writer and author of “Tell Them I Didn’t Cry,” an account of a year spent in Baghdad starting in May 2004, disagreed that reporters in Iraq are prevented from telling both sides. “I think we’re getting 90 percent of the story,” she said. When disbelieving guffaws rang out from the audience, she retorted, “Excuse me, have you been there?”

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Dash to Baghdad Left Top U.S. Generals Divided

From the New York Times:

The war was barely a week old when Gen. Tommy R. Franks threatened to fire the Army’s field commander.

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The Web This Morning

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Yahoo war reporter Kevin Sites is now in Chechnya

Q&A with Kevin Sites

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