The Prisoners: The Fruits of Interrogation

Questioning the growing number of Iraqi captives has reaped information that eludes even high-tech satellites

Much of the success of the coalition's war against Iraq stems from excellent intelligence from spy satellites and other high-tech gear. But much is also the result of good, old-fashioned, low-tech intelligence work: interrogating EPWs, enemy prisoners of war (POW is now a term reserved for allied troops who are captured by the Iraqis).

From the first trickle of Iraqi soldiers who deserted or were taken prisoner in the early days of the conflict to the hundreds rounded up last week, intelligence officers have amassed files of valuable information. They have learned of eroding Iraqi morale brought on by heavy bombing;...

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