Karbala, Iraq: During the first 48 hours of a month-long
operation code named "Iron Saber," soldiers from the
16th Engineers, 1st A.D. taunt a donkey, which was "captured"
when they swept a palm grove for hidden weapons. The soldier
motioning towards the animal is mimicking a scene from the film
Crocodile Dundee in which Paul Hogan tames a wild ox with a hand
movement over its face. The soldier later told the commander of
his unit after the photograph appeared in print that he was trying
to move the animal to clear a defensive firing line.
The raid took place at an amusement park, and the battle that ensued
saw fighters throwing grenades in the vicinity of the pirate
ship ride and soldiers stacking captured weapons in front
of the Ferris wheel. Others rested peacefully in bumper cars.
A militia fighter lay dead with a grenade he never managed to throw
next to his motionless hand, as colorful paintings of Minnie and Mickey
Mouse smiled down from a nearby wall.
The mission was lauded as a great success.