Here's something from below the newsmedia radar on Iraq:
I just got off the phone with my daughter who is stationed with the US Army in Germany. She spent the invasion of Iraq (or a good part of it) in Turkey, then returned to Germany.
Her unit was officially notified last week that it is moving to Iraq in July.
...Her first sergeant has told them that the place to which they are going periodically receives mortar and small arms fire.
The whole post is here at To The Barricades. Definitely a different perspective than what one would get from CNN or Faux News.