A rare couple of reports were filed with a Baghdad dateline--there have only been 40 such stories in the first five months of 2008 compared with 152 in the same period in 2007. ABC's Nick Schifrin (embargoed link) brought us positive news from Sadr City where a ceasefire has been declared after two months of fighting and "the only soldiers on patrol are wearing Iraqi uniforms." NBC's In Depth feature by Ned Colt produced the sober reminder that Iraq has been at war for most of the past 25 years. That carnage has produced as many as 2m widows "with no safety net, few jobs"--and a government pension of just $41 each month.
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