December 23, 2010 7:22 AM

For U.S. soldiers, Christmas in Iraq can be tedious

Col. Scottie D. Carpenter of Raleigh, N.C., and the other 48,000 U.S. troops who will be in Iraq for Christmas are all but invisible back home. According to the Pew Research Center, just 4 percent of stories in the U.S. media now are about Afghanistan. And Iraq? Not even 1 percent. Carpenter, 51, talks about what the holiday season is like in a forgotten war zone.

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