Iraq Intelligence

December 1, 2005

White House expresses concern about paid-for news in Iraq, 12/1/05

The White House and a senior Republican lawmaker expressed concern Thursday over reports that the U.S. military has been paying Iraqi news media to produce positive stories about the U.S. militarys efforts to bring stability to Iraq. The U.S. military command in Baghdad, meanwhile, defended the practice, saying that it was needed to counter falsehoods and propaganda from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.

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