Sunday, March 23, 2003

Al-Jazeera is showing footage from Iraqi television of several American prisoners, apparently from a maintenance unit, who were captured near Nasiriyya. Two of them, one a woman, were injured in the arms and legs.

The station is also showing footage of dead U.S. soldiers. While there has been much commentary on how the POWs will be treated, almost nothing has been said on how the dead were treated: some shots showed a grinning Iraqi moving the bodies around so that their faces would appear on camera.

Apparently, the U.S. authorities (or the networks) have refused to allow the scenes to be shown on television. Neither CNN nor the BBC has shown the footage.

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