Sunday, October 12, 2003

Troops throughout Iraq can expect more timely delivery of Stars and Stripes when presses start rolling in Baghdad next week.

On Wednesday, an Iraqi press facility will join one in Kuwait in printing daily copies of Stars and Stripes for troops serving in the Middle East.

“It’s been a long, hard road to reach the troops in Iraq,” Publisher Tom Kelsch said.

“On April 11th of this year, we began printing and delivery from Kuwait City, but the demand from troops for timely news simply commanded we get closer. These servicemembers have limited television and Internet access, and they’re longing for news from home.”

Troops will continue to receive the papers for free...

“The press shop is by no means modern, but they’re literally pulling people off the streets to hand collate the paper and get the job done,” Production Manager Ron Garcia said.

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