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The war correspondent: Strange days on the battlefront

The war correspondent: Strange days on the battlefront

The Saudi lieutenant shouted an order in Arabic. Two dozen of his men, frenzied and hollering, lowered their weapons and backed away from an encircled knot of prisoners. Kneeling at the center of this commotion in the Kuwaiti desert were 10 unarmed Iraqi soldiers with their hands on their heads. Some were in tears. Some were praying. Some were pleading for mercy.

"Who brought these prisoners?" the lieutenant asked.

One of his men turned and pointed at us — freelancer Michael Kelly and me — a scruffy pair of scribblers armed only with notebooks, granola bars and a beat-up Nissan Safari. The lieutenant did a double take and shook his head, as if to say,...

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