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press reaction

 

Alex Strachan CanWest News Service

"Gangs of Iraq pulls back the veil on what viewers might already have gleaned from the nightly news: the coalition effort to train Iraqi forces to stand up for themselves has been largely disastrous, thanks to infiltration by sectarian militias."

 

Sreenath Sreenivasan The New York Times

"Gangs of Iraq, the third installment in the ''America at a Crossroads'' series on PBS and airing tonight, is valuable because it shows viewers something of what American forces really face in trying to train an Iraqi army and police force. ... It is to the credit of this program that viewers will better understand [officials'] anxiety [about Iraq's security], and the difficulties facing the United States in Iraq."

 

Alessandra Stanley The New York Times

" ... in harrowing detail reveals, among other things, that the administration's goal of handing over the reins of war and peacekeeping to Iraqi soldiers and police officers is elusive at best."

 

Eric Mink St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"... on flighty matters like international terrorism ... PBS' long-running 'Frontline' series remains the gold standard ... "

 

Joe Garofoli San Francisco Chronicle

"... portray[s] the seldom-seen life of everyday Iraqis ... "

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posted april 17, 2007

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