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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:57 AM
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LAT: Into the abyss of Baghdad (Reporter Returns a Year Later)
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-fg-ba...

I keep seeing his face. He appears to be in his mid-20s, bespectacled, slightly bearded, and somehow his smile conveys a sense of prosperity to come. Perhaps he is set to marry, or enroll in graduate school, or launch a business all of these flights of ambition seem possible.

In the next few images he is encased in plastic: His face is frozen in a ghoulish grimace. Blackened lesions blemish his neck.

"Drill holes," says Col. Khaled Rasheed, an Iraqi commander who is showing me the set of photographs.

He preserves the snapshots in a drawer, the image of the young man brimming with expectations always on top. There is no name, no identification, just a series of photos that documents the transformation of some mother's son into a slab of meat on a bloody table in a morgue.

"Please, please, I must show these photographs to President Bush," Rasheed pleads in desperation, as we sit in a bombed-out palace along the Tigris, once the elegant domain of Saddam Hussein's wife, now the command center for an Iraqi army battalion. "President Bush must know what is happening in Baghdad!"
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:14 AM
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1. That's on today's front page


McDonnell also reports that a US commander annoints Humvee convoys with oil before patrols:

ONE evening, I accompanied a three-Humvee convoy of MPs through largely Shiite east Baghdad. Before leaving the base, the commander performed an unsettling ritual: He anointed the Humvees with clear oil, performing something akin to last rites.
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