The Washington Post provides more information on the previously reported $300 million paid to private firms to propagandize Iraq over the next three years. The contractors will "produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to 'engage and inspire' the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government. ... The four companies that will share in the new contract are SOSi, the Washington-based Lincoln Group, Alexandria-based MPRI and Leonie Industries." Although U.S. law bans propagandizing domestic audiences, the contract lists "Iraqi, pan-Arabic, International, and U.S. audiences" as targets. One Pentagon official said information operations "helped in developing attitudes" against al-Qaeda in Iraq, and "could potentially be helpful" in minimizing Iran's influence. Another official admitted that Iraqi audiences rarely "know that the originator of the content is the U.S. government."
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