Under Fire: Untold Stories from the Front Line of the Iraq Warby Reuters Staff, Reuters, Peter Millership
From the front line of the Iraq war, Under Fire showcases the gripping personal stories of Reuters correspondents who capture the mood of the soldiers who fought in the conflict and the ordinary people caught up in it. It offers unique insights into how the war was fought, how journalists operated and how they felt about what they went through and witnessed. The Reuters team describes what it was like to be under fire in Iraq, to be "embedded" with U.S. troops and to witness at first hand the drama of the fastest armored push in history. They tell of fierce desert battles, civilian suffering, ordinary Iraqis' reactions to the invasion force and the symbolic toppling of Saddam's statue in Baghdad. There are also compelling and intense accounts of operating under U.S. bombardment in Baghdad. These include the death of Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, the wounding of Reuters staff and the story of the badly injured Iraqi boy who became an international symbol of civilian suffering.
Through vivid writing, dramatic pictures and informative maps and graphics, Under Fire offers new insights into how the Iraq campaign unfolded and recounts riveting and moving moments ranging from Baghdad to the desert battlefield. Highlighting the human side of war, the book charts the seesaw of Marines' emotions -- from raw fear to heady elation -- as they stormed to Baghdad. Detailed accounts tell what it was like to hear the crackle of threatening gunfire, to struggle into a chemical protection suit or to choke in a sandstorm. The narrative offers a rare glimpse into how ordinary Iraqis reacted to life after Saddam and the mixed emotions they felt about U.S. and British forces -- were they liberators or occupiers? Seen through the eyes of the Arab world, a different war emerged. Under Fire examines how countries in the Middle East reacted to and perceived the U.S. military victory. The Pentagon's strategy also included the PR war. Under Fire poses ethical questions about the concept of embedding journalists with the military and examines the challenge of extracting fruth from the fog of war.
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