The Gulf: Children's Lit

Pages from a primer for war

The body lying in a marsh outside the Iraqi village of Al Beida was badly decomposed, but the swollen face appeared to be that of a youth. The Iranian soldier had apparently died of a head wound suffered in the battle to keep Al Beida, now little more than a ghost town of rubble, from slipping back into Iraqi hands. He would have remained an unknown casualty of an equally unknown skirmish in the Persian Gulf war, if the Iraqi information officer who was leading foreign journalists on a tour of the front had not...

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