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This Week: Soldiers in Iraq
This Week
March 31, 2006

This week on NOW:


What's working and what's failing in the U.S.-led effort to battle the Iraqi insurgents? Video journalist Brian Palmer, who was recently embedded with U.S. Marines in Iraq's volatile Anbar province, gives us an uncensored, inside look at the extremely dangerous and often overwhelming job of fighting the committed insurgency.

"I don't see any more good coming out of being here," Lance Corporal Damon Broussard told Palmer. "You can only make so much progress and then you have the guys hiding behind the scenes planting IEDs and stuff...You can only do so much until you friggin' slam your face into the wall so many times."


David Brancaccio interviews writer Christian Parenti about his latest trip to Afghanistan. Parenti provides an insider's view of what's really going on in America's "other war." Parenti is a correspondent for THE NATION, and the author of three books: "The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq", "The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror," and "Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis."

In Depth

Brian Palmer
Hit or Miss

Producer's Notebook: "Embedded" in Iraq

NOW's Coverage of Iraq

Christian Parenti on the State of Afghanistan

Child in Iraq

Perspectives: An Iraqi Civil War?

Photo Essay: Soldiers and Civilians

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Christian Parenti (5:25)


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Producer: Brian Palmer
Editors: Kathi Black, Vanessa Reiser

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