One of the sources I use and have come to depend upon for positive, upbeat stories about our troops in Iraq has been the Stars and Stripes. "Stripes", as it is known, is a newspaper published and distributed in overseas areas where US servicemen and women are stationed.
One notable difference between Stripes and other newspapers is their focus on providing news about the military to the military.
However, for the last week or two it seems (I'm guessing here) that the Stripes reporters have abandoned Iraq.
As a result, I've lost - at least temporarily - one of the few sources I could cound on to give us something positive and up close nearly every day.
I'll keep checking - lets hope they come back to Iraq coverage soon.