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Final E-mail Delivery of Dispatches Newsletter

Even though there's still considerable DISPATCHES-related coverage out there, posting to the weblog has dropped off to the point that we think it best to discontinue e-mail delivery. We'll continue to add items occasionally to http://livex.poynter.org/dispatches. If you're a journalist with a particular interest in this topic and would like to get things cranked up again, just shoot me a note.To read … Read More
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The �Abu Earless� Brigade

By Rod NordlandNEWSWEEK WEB EXCLUSIVE Saddam Hussein’s ear-amputation campaign went on for three days, May 17-19, 1994, in every city in Iraq. Some of the estimated 3,500 men who lost their ears are now telling their stories       April 23 —  They’re among the saddest of the sad, in a land full of sadness. They push … Read More
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Fedayeen's grisly list of orders he obeyed

Baghdad -- Ali fell to his knees and said this is how it was done: He put his hands behind his back to simulate being bound, then leaned his head back and closed his eyes as if blindfolded. A friend stepped behind him to hold his head, taking on the role of one of the enforcers. Then another would force … Read More
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US FORCES FINDING ALL SORTS OF IMPROVISED WEAPONS IN IRAQ

(Central Command Headquarters, Qatar-AP) -- US forces are finding all sorts of improvised weapons in Iraq. At a war briefing, Central Command spokesman Vincent Brooks said Iraqis have been guiding American troops to the weapons, which include so-called "suicide vests." Brooks says troops have found hundreds of such vests, in which explosives can be planted for suicide bombing … Read More
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Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert

By JUDITH MILLER WITH THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, south of Baghdad, Iraq, April 20 — A scientist who claims to have worked in Iraq's chemical weapons program for more than a decade has told an American military team that Iraq destroyed chemical weapons and biological warfare equipment only days before the war began, members of the team said. Read More
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JOEY COLEMAN - Panama City, FL

Name: Joey Coleman Hometown: Panama City, Fla. Age: 20 Branch: MarinesRank: Lance Corporal Job: Heavy equipment operator CAMP CHESTY, central Iraq - Lance Cpl. Joey Coleman waits outside a Navy surgical hospital. His right hand hangs limp, swollen to twice its normal size. "My right hand is my life," says Coleman, who is right … Read More
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Soldiers marvel at palace, lament war

It is a hazy, still morning, an ideal day to go sightseeing."Rivera, start the Humvee. We are going for a ride," Command Sgt. Maj. Chuck Medley shouts to his driver.For a month, the armored-vehicle known as Pistol 7 has been a home-away-from-home for Medley and Spc. Sandy Rivera.They have eaten, slept, cursed, laughed, reflected and feared for their lives in … Read More
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Sergeant heads home for mother's funeral

By Hilda M. PerezBAGHDAD -- Sgt. 1st Class Todd Johnson can't stop reminiscing about his mom's chocolate pound cake, even as he packs his green Army-issue duffel bag for the saddest trip home of his life."She used to make it just for me and anytime I have been deployed she always made sure it would get to me," said Johnson, … Read More
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Life at Baghdad International Airport

By Hilda M. PerezBAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Iraq -- Rows upon rows of palms sway in the wind under the heat of the sun, the yellow wildflowers amidst the vermilion fields are almost fluorescent.A sharp contrast to the stench of a few decomposing bodies under the hot sun that lay in the nearby farm fields on the outskirts of the airport … Read More
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The French: I�m Shocked, Shocked!

The French government insists that it has strictly enforced a tight embargo imposed on Saddam Hussein’s regime by the United Nations in 1990. But Saddam never lost his taste for French weapons or luxury goods. And evidence found by U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq suggests that—despite U.N. sanctions—the dictator continued to receive an abundant supply of both until … Read More
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The desk, the phones and the missing leader

Ask residents of Baghdad's Mansur district if they think Saddam Hussein's remains are at the bottom of a 20-metre pit blasted out of their neighbourhood last week by US bombs, and the answer will probably be no. It's not that they believe the president was hiding elsewhere. The US just hit the wrong house, they say. Read More
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Marines hold nuclear site

By Carl PrineTRIBUNE-REVIEW SOUTH OF BAGHDAD — In a valley sculpted by man, between the palms and roses, lies a vast marble and steel city known as Al-Tuwaitha. In the suburbs about 18 miles south of the capital's suburbs, this city comprises nearly 100 buildings — workshops, laboratories, cooling towers, nuclear reactors, libraries and barracks — that belong … Read More
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Looting, hooting, not much shooting

By PATRICK PETERSONThe (Biloxi, Miss.) Sun Herald BAGHDAD - It's all looting and hooting. Not much shooting. Iraqis turned out by the thousands to welcome Marines entering the city from the east and to loot government building, especially the Al-Sinaa Sports Complex that held thousands of new athletic shoes. "It's like Los … Read More
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V Corps: POWs come in many disguises

By SCOTT CANONThe Kansas City Star NEAR AN NAJAF, Iraq - A member of the Iraqi Parliament, who dressed up like his wife to sneak from his home and surrender to Americans, arrived at a temporary prisoner of war camp here on Tuesday. Officers at the camp said the man, whose name they … Read More
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V Corps: POWs tell of life under Saddam

By SCOTT CANONThe Kansas City Star NEAR AL-LAFIYAH, Iraq - While people in Baghdad began embracing a foreign army Wednesday, about 20 miles away 147 men lined up with heads hung low to be frisked and ordered two-to-a-seat in creaky buses. They were carted off to another camp with parts to a puzzle … Read More
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