Military Planting Articles in Iraq Papers

U.S. Officers Defend Program as Response to 'Information War' by Insurgents
By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 1, 2005; Page A18
Positive articles about the war in Iraq written by U.S. troops have been appearing in Iraqi newspapers under the guise of independent journalism, part of a coordinated effort by the U.S. military to win over Iraqi civilians, according to military officials.

Officers in Iraq say the program is an essential element of an "information war" against an insurgency adept at spreading its message through local and international media, largely with violent acts. The newspaper articles promote the positive aspects of the United States-led coalition's work and encourage Iraqis to take part in the burgeoning democracy.

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