The Rules of Engagement

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When a car failed to stop at a checkpoint near Najaf, US soldiers opened fire, killing at least seven women and children. Though it-s unclear whether a warning shot had been fired, there-s no doubt that distinguishing between combatants and innocent civilians is a major challenge for coalition forces in Iraq. That surrendering soldiers might be suicide bombers, an ambulance with a pregnant woman might be rigged to explode, or the -patient- could be a Fedayeen in disguise makes for agonizing, split-second decisions. We speak with experts in counterterrorism, international politics, and military law and history about the rules of engagement in a televised war being fought in part for the -hearts and minds- of Iraqis and other Arabs.
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    Britain-s Guardian newspaper reports that members of a US-controlled interim government of Iraq already are arriving in Kuwait. Although senior officials in the Bush administration differ on details, plans are for a government of 23 ministries, each headed by an American and supported by Iraqi advisors. Luke Harding, who co-wrote the story, has more details, including conflicting preferences from Prime Minister Blair-s government.
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Harding-s article, -US draws up secret plan to impose regime on Iraq-

Fedayeen Saddam

Geneva Conventions

Ford-s article, -In Iraq, a battle for the moral high ground-



Warren Olney