Embedded and then "disembedded" ...
in Tal Afar. Photograph © Chris Hondros/Getty Images.*
Just over a month ago I noted how the U.S. Military sought to censor photographer Zoriah Miller who'd been embedded with a unit of American Marines in Iraq. Recently The New York Times ran this extended story detailing how Miller's case is part of a broader pattern of what many journalists see as "a growing effort by the American military to control graphic images from the war." Among the photographers discussed in the article is Chris Hondros who was removed from the unit with which he was embedded (the new, ugly term for this seems to be "disembedded") for taking the image above. Not only are photographers prevented from depicting dead American soldiers (Miller's offense) but they apparently cannot show us the bloodied orphans we are creating in Iraq either.
PS: You can find an interview & slide show providing context for this image at Hondros's web page. Follow the link trail from "Images," to "Iraq," and then "The Tal Afar Incident - January 2005."