Inside Basra

ODD ANDERSON/AFP

Saadi al Shuwaili was shaken from his bed by the rumbling of U.S. bombers over his neighborhood, the Tuwasah district of Basra. About an hour later — 5:30 a.m. on April 5 — he heard six deafening blasts, two of which came from a house 500 m from his own. British intelligence had a solid tip that Ali Hassan al-Majid — known as Chemical Ali for his role in gassing the Kurds in 1988, and now the general commanding the Iraqi military in the south — was meeting at the house with Ba'ath party officials. The bombs incinerated the building, and...

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