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A LOOK AT IRAQI PRISONERS

Marine Brig. Gen. Richard I. Neal, deputy director of operations for the U.S. Central Command in Saudi Arabia, discussed Iraqi EPWs--or Enemy Prisoners of War--at a briefing:

Eight Iraqis surrendered to U.S. forces Thursday night and Friday

A U.S. profile of Iraqi prisoners of war shows most are low-ranking soldiers, including privates and PFCs.

Significant number are veterans of the Iran-Iraq War recalled to service.

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60% of the prisoners deserted or surrendered willingly.

40% surrendered under fire, many in the Khafji engagement.

Main impediments to possible mass surrenders: minefields, preventive squads associated with the Republican Guard and fear of retaliation against families.

More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers have surrendered to U.S. and Saudi troops since the war began.

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Meanwhile, officials in southeastern Turkey reported that 500 Iraqi soldiers and civilians have crossed the border in the past four days.


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