Counting Up the Atrocities

Was the Kuwaiti supermarket manager shot to death by Iraq's occupation forces? Or was he beheaded? Or hanged? Three supposed eyewitnesses described the murder differently to TIME, although all agree on the result: the man is definitely dead. Whatever actually happened, the fate of that particular Kuwaiti confirms a well-known reality: truth is often war's first casualty.

Among those who monitor atrocities for a living, a dispute is simmering. How many Kuwaitis have been summarily executed since Iraq's invasion on Aug. 2? How many have been tortured, how many arrested, how many raped? No one knows for sure, and few but...

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