Lives on the Line

updated 04/14/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/14/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Against a backdrop of billowing smoke on April 1, Irish Guards if the 7th Armoured Brigade search an Iraqi man trying to get out of Basra.

Sgt. Steve McCullough, 23, of the 123rd Signal Battalion, steals a moment with his bride of four months, Spc. Lana McCullough, 21, a cook. "I clean her weapon for her. I worry about her tremendously," says McCullough, who sleeps in a signal truck 50 yards from his wife's vehicle. They spend only minutes a day together, and because the Army frowns on public displays of affection, only rarely kiss. "For me the biggest thing," Lana says, "is how we will tell our kids about how we spent our honeymoon—in a war."

After she was caught In frontline crossfire oh March 29—which killed her mother—this frightened Iraqi girl found comfort in the arms of a Marine medic.

Sala lzit, 51, sits shell-shocked but otherwise unhurt on March 26, after bombs—reportedly American—landed in a busy residential area of northern Baghdad, killing 14 civilians and injuring 30. "Five of my neighbors are dead. Why?" asked his wife, Amaira, 45, who rushed home with the couple's two children from the nearby school where she teaches when she heard the blasts. "We are poor people, we have nothing for Americans here."

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