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Bearing Witness: Reuters Presents Five Years Of War Coverage

03/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On March 20, 2003, US and British forces invaded Iraq in what they said was a mission to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.

21 days later, the world watch Saddam Hussein's rule crumble after 24 years of dictatorship.

Through half a decade of war, a team of 100 Reuters correspondents, photographers, cameramen, and support staff have strived to bring the world news from the most dangerous country for the press.

This is their testimony - bearing witness to ensure the story of Iraq is not lost.

Five years ago today, CNN's Kyra Phillips was on board the USS Abraham Lincoln as the opening salvos in the Iraq War were launched. "As a journalist, I knew I was witnessing history," she tells TVNewser. "Personally, I couldn't stop thinking about all the lives that were at stake, whether it was the Iraqi people, or the U.S. military."

Or the journalists. Fox News Channel's Greg Kelly was also in Iraq at the start, and he, too, clearly remembers the danger. Kelly was on the ground, embedded with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade. "I thought we'd be kept on the sidelines...[that the military was] not actually going to have us with them on the frontlines," Kelly says. But Kelly and colleagues from other networks got extraordinary upfront access. Four reporters did not survive the assignment, including NBC's David Bloom.

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