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The invasion of Iraq - up close and personal
on July 25, 2003
Leading off in this well produced documentary of the war in Iraq, the issues of military force and the legalities of such are examined first. The subject of weapons of mass destruction are touched upon with added debate over reservations of U.S. action by the United Nations security council and foreign nations. This basically sets the tone for what is to come.
Moving forward, preparations for war itself and use of military strategies and technology demonstrate the planning and resolve that the United States employed to achieve its mission.
CNN and its front line correspondents then place you directly in the action as they report from the virtual center of the conflict traveling with ground forces. Many scenes of battle and conflict are shown to include skirmishes with Iraqi paramilitary forces, encounters with unconventional warfare, military operations in urban terrain (M.O.U.T.), and the effects of the elements on military operations.
Following the war itself and the occupation of Baghdad, issues are analyzed as to the uncertainties of U.S. forces remaining in Iraq for an extended period and complications that may result from this. Interviews with analysts, reporters, military personnel, and others offer intriguing points of views and speculation on the often debated subject of American intervention in Iraq.
War in Iraq - The Road to Baghdad is no doubt a comprehensive, interesting, and compelling production in and of itself. At just 90 minutes long, it is not all-encompassing but it does stand well on its own in examining the early, middle, and end stages of the entire affair.