After the last Gulf war I spent some time with Don McCullin and asked why he had not covered the war. He told me that the then British government had only allowed photographers that they approved to go there. He claimed that they were trying to sanitize the reporting. I suspect that the same thing has happened in the present conflict for I have seen no images that show the hell that such situations must be.
Black and white photography is my preference and I think that it conveys war better than colour but I guess that I may well have a bias. One colour image that I do remember from war like situations is the child being carried away from the Oklahoma bombing a few years ago although it was not made by a press photographer but that is unimportant. It was a powerful image that brought home the horror.