Photo essay: The capture of Saddam Hussein

 ... news content from the front lines

Photos via Irving Smolens

Editor's comment: The advent of digital photography has changed the ways of modern news publications, including this home-town internet rag called the Melrose Mirror. Suddenly, serendipitously, intimate on-site photos of modern warfare appear in our email, sent to one friend, then forwarded down a chain that eventually includes SilverStringer Irv Smolens.

And so it is with the following seven photos. They are on-the-spot digitals of the capture of Saddam Hussein, shot by one of the soldiers who took part in that historic happening. We have no way, at this point, of identifying the photographer/soldier. Irv's connection is through his membership with the Fourth Infantry Division, which dates back in the World War of 1940s. The photos were shot by a modern soldier, a member of the modern Fourth Infantry.

From a newsman's point of view, the photos are stupendous, the essence of modern photo-journalism. The fact that the news of the dictator's capture is four months old is immaterial -- what is important is the way these war pictures have reached our readers.

An unidentified American soldier presents a captured dictator to the world.

From palaces to a hole in the ground.

Colonel Hickey and some of his team of 600 American troopers.

Saddam's cache: 750,000 American dollars.


General Odierno of the Fourth Infantry Division, makes an important announcement.

March 5, 2004

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