Iraq Intelligence

November 30, 2005

U.S. military pays Iraqis for positive news stories on war, 11/30/05

U.S. Army officers have been secretly paying Iraqi journalists to produce upbeat newspaper, radio and television reports about American military operations and the conduct of the war in Iraq. U.S. officials in Washington said the payments were made through the Baghdad Press Club, an organization they said was created more than a year ago by U.S. Army officers. They are part of an extensive American military-run information campaign including psychological warfare experts intended to build popular support for U.S.-led stabilization efforts and erode support for Sunni Muslim insurgents. Many military officials said they were concerned that the payments to Iraqi journalists and other covert information operations in Iraq had become so extensive that they were corroding the effort to build democracy and undermining U.S. credibility in Iraq.

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