The public relies on the news gathered by reporters on the ground in Iraq to assess the situation in the country. Reporters have a variety of strategies for gathering information, and announcements from military officials and the president are just one part of the story.
Tom Ricks, special military correspondent for the Washington Post, and author of The Gamble
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, foreign correspondent and Baghdad bureau chief for NPR
Ghassan Adnan, Iraqi producer and translator for NPR