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Examine international reaction to the war in Iraq

April 3, 2003
Web posted at: 11:43 PM EST (0443 GMT)

After students read "U.S., Iraq dispute position of coalition troops" present the following:

• CNN Special Report: War in Iraq-International Opinion  external link

• The Big Project: International News in English external link
• Newseum: War in Iraq-Front Pages external link

• AOL@School: War in Iraq external link

• Holt, Rinehart and Winston: Conflict in the Persian Gulf external link

1. How many sorties have coalition forces flown since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom? What are some possible explanations for why Baghdad is in the dark? Why are some nations calling for a deal to end the war in Iraq? What is the U.S. response to those who request a diplomatic end to the war with Iraq? What may be the cause of the loss of two coalition aircraft? Why was President George W. Bush in North Carolina on Thursday? Why do you think Mr. Bush chose to visit Camp Lejeune? What is the latest update on former POW Jessica Lynch's condition?

2. According to U.S. officials, where are U.S. troops with respect to Baghdad? How have Iraqi officials responded to this claim? How do you interpret the different accounts? What is the significance of Pentagon claims that all of the videotapes of Saddam that have appeared recently on Iraqi TV were made before the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom?

3. Ask students to consider how the international press may have reported this week's war news headlines. Refer them to the Web sites below and other resources to learn more about the perspectives of other countries on the ongoing events in the war in Iraq. Have them choose one country and examine its newspapers and online news media for headlines, content, quotations, story selection, commentary, photos and any other language that illustrates a particular perspective on the war. Encourage students to present their countries' reports on the events in the war in Iraq. Students should consider the opinions that each country might have on a post-war Iraq.

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