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    Posted by Brian Jones

    15 October 2003 – rockethole (35k image)

    There are signs of war everywhere from the large burned out carcasses of tanks to the shallow pits roofed with corrogated iron and soil that acted for many as improvised air rade shelters.

    In one house the owner showed me into the main bedroom and swung open the door of their wardrobe to reveal this hole that had been punched through by some sort of rocket. The rocket didnt explode. Abu Mousa, his wife, six children, mother and brother's family were all huddled in the room at the time and I was just happy that I was looking at an unsightly memento of the war and not the site of a family catastrophe.

    The rest of the village turned up equally chilling evidence of war and many did not have such happy endings. It was difficult to know why this particular village, consisting of a sprawl of mud brick houses and animal sheds, should receive such heavy damage, but it seems that it was unfortunate to be on the outskirts of Nassariyeh in the path of the advance American tank column.

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