From The Publisher: Mar. 25, 1991

Christopher Morris and Anthony Suau knew they were in trouble when the Republican Guards stopped them at a shattered bridge on the outskirts of Basra. The two photographers, who were working for TIME, were headed for the Iraqi city to cover the fighting between government troops and insurgents in the wake of the gulf war. But the guardsmen seized Morris and Suau and more than 25 other journalists on March 3, a Sunday, and ransacked their cars. "It was as if we had walked into a den of 40 thieves," said Suau, 34. "Everything disappeared very quickly."

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