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Mass Graves Hide Horror of Iraqi Past

American and British forces must, as an urgent priority, begin guarding sites such as the one we visited west of Basra to prevent spontaneous digging by bereaved relatives. These are crime scenes, and the coalition forces, as occupying powers, must function as the police in Iraq right now. Mass graves will provide crucial evidence for tribunals the U.S. government has said should be established to prosecute the crimes.

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