Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Where Soldiers Pretend to Be Civilians and Civilians Pretend to Be Soldiers

Civilians are surrendering claiming to be soldiers so they can be fed as POW's.

From Reuters:

Who wants to be an Iraqi prisoner of war?

Plenty of people in southern Iraq it seems, as it is about the only way to get a square meal in this swathe of territory now controlled by U.S. and British forces.

With over 3,000 prisoners of war held in an enclosure on the outskirts of Umm Qasr, civilians in the battle-scarred port town are trying to "surrender" as a means of getting food and water.
"I am a deserter and I am trying to surrender," one Iraqi told Reuters on Monday at the gates of an ever-growing transit camp for genuine POWs.

But with no uniform or army identity tags or papers, the sentries guarding the facility turned him away.