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Tom Brown
Battle Lines is an ongoing Web log (blog) dedicated to providing a broad perspective on the latest news and developments from the war in Iraq. Response and suggestions are welcomed.

Tom Brown has been an editor, reporter and software analyst for The Seattle Times for 20 years.

April 18, 2003


(posted by Katherine Long)

It's no longer war, but it's not yet peace. There's more good reporting today from reporters on the streets of Baghdad:

  • The Christian Science Monitor interviews three Iraqi officers who tell what it was like to be on the other side of the front line.

    "Faced with America's firepower and technological superiority, three Iraqi officers - who fought in different parts of Iraq - say they never expected to win this war. But they voice dismay at the number of Iraqi errors - deployment of militia groups instead of army units, for example - and at the impact of US psychological operations."

  • The Los Angeles Times talks to Iraqis who are mourning the loss of their cultural heritage.

    "As the residents of this rattled city venture slowly forth to take stock of the war's wastes, one thing has become tragically clear: Many of Iraq's most precious cultural institutions are now just memories. After surviving the U.S.-led bombing attacks, many of the nation's historical centerpieces have been lost to riots and rage."

  • The Sydney Morning Herald finds good and bad in the streets of Baghdad -- people are now free to demonstrate without fear of reprisals, but the city is lawless and chaotic.

    "Baghdad is free of the Saddam regime, but it is charred and scared. There's a dead donkey on the Jumurayiah Bridge and torched government buildings still smoulder. The smell of death lingers and the hardcore looters fight gun battles and wield axes in the streets as they brawl over the safes and vaults of the city's banks."

  • A BBC reporter is one of hundreds of journalists making the 650-mile trip from the Jordanian capital Amman to Baghdad. Martin Asser writes about the frightening journey by car, where highway robbers and looters cruise the highway.

    Posted by Katherine Long at April 18, 2003 11:23 AM

    Tom Brown Katherine Long, research editor at the Seattle Times and 18-year editor and reporter, substituted for Tom Brown the week of April 14.

    April 2003
    March 2003

    Signing off
    The Saddam Files
    Demonstrations in Karbala
    Building a government from scratch
    Smoking gun?
    The irony of freedom
    Where are the weapons?
    Cultural advisors quit over antiquities issue
    Baghdad reality check


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