Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fort Carson goes British

Well, sort of. This is very late notice, but this just came in about a BBC News special airing at 5 p.m. today:
Tonight, BBC World News America presents a special feature on Iraq, Promise and Peril.

In a first for the newscast, the first half of the program will be devoted to a single in-depth report.

The BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Mark Urban presents a fascinating report on the dramatic changes brought to one area of South Baghdad by the recent U.S. troop "surge." Seven months after his first visit with them, Mark returns to Doura with the 30 men of 2nd Platoon, 12th Infantry from Fort Carson, Colorado.

Where once there was chaos and frequent killings, now a degree of normality has been restored. Mark goes on patrol, sees the sectarian peace walls, speaks to Sunnis and Shias, and considers whether the security gains brought by the "surge" can be sustained. We also hear from the troops on the ground as they end their 15 month tour of duty. Was the loss of their comrades in arms worth the relative peace now secured in Doura?

Executive Producer, Rome Hartman comments:
“It is the best close-up view I have yet seen of the impact of the recent U.S. strategy in Baghdad, and I just think it’s worth giving it what is, for us, a remarkable amount of time.”Airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America and BBC World News.


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