2004 Photo Contest, People in the News, 2nd prize

Carolyn Cole

Los Angeles Times Magazine

11 April, 2003

A family grieves as the bodies of three family members shot by US Marines in Baghdad on April 9 are brought home. Mohammed Khadim Hussein, his son Emad and another relative Hussein Ahmed Khadim were killed when the car Khadim Hussein was driving failed to stop upon a command given in English at a US checkpoint. The family didn't know about the shootings until a relative brought the car to the house with the bodies still inside.

Soon after American entry into Baghdad, there was widespread looting in the capital and other cities. Security deteriorated and tensions rose as young soldiers at roadblocks found they had neither the language nor local awareness to deal with the situation they found themselves in.

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Carolyn Cole

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