Actor Gary Sinise has blasted the media for continually focusing on death and destruction in Iraq, rather than publicising efforts to rebuild the wartorn country.

The FORREST GUMP star and co-founder of Operation Iraqi Children - a charity which sends out school supplies - insists significant progress has been made.

He says, "The news reports are always about a bomb or a suicide bomber or somebody getting killed.

"Of course that's dramatic and all of that but, on a day-to-day basis, there is a lot of improvement; there's a lot of hope, a lot of kids that are going to school that never got to do that before.

"Unfortunately, you just get one side of the story here and you don't see the positive things that are happening."