Iraqi soldiers captured as prisoners of war are being allowed to honor the laws of their Islamic religion.
The 12 Iraqi prisoners captured in a raid Saturday were fed meals that had been screened so the food would not include ham, which is prohibited in the Islamic religion. And when a nearby mosque sounded a call for prayer, the prisoners were allowed to pray.
U.S. and Saudi officials have said Iraqi captives will be well treated. A Marine warrant officer assigned to watch over the prisoners said: "They're professional soldiers. We treat them as we would treat professionals." Steak and Eggs
U.S. pilots are getting special meals too -- at least some of them have downed steak and eggs before conducting bombing raids on Iraq.
Air Force pilots at a base in southwest Saudi Arabia were fed the fancy food the first night of their missions in Operation Desert Storm. Explained Airman 1st Class Michael Razzo, a cook from Brooklyn, N.Y., "Our pilots are the best in the world and deserve what we give them." An 'Eerie' Feeling
Loren Schoenholtz, a Coloradan working for the Saudi oil company Aramco in Dhahran, said he had an "eerie" feeling Sunday night that an Iraqi missile attack was imminent.
He got up from the couch, he said, and went to the back yard, which is adjacent to an air base at Dhahran. With his video camera at the ready, he sat and watched two attacks by Scud missiles -- and a defense by U.S. Patriot missiles that destroyed the Iraqi rockets.
Meanwhile, Schoenholtz's wife and sons were huddled in the house, in gas masks.
"I saw the Patriot missile," he said. "I turned and looked the other direction and I saw two Scud missiles coming in. I saw the flames. . . . This first Patriot comes up and takes out one of the Scuds." A few hours later, during the second attack, Schoenholtz saw another Patriot wipe out a Scud. "It was a massive explosion. It absolutely shook the house."
Schoenholtz said Monday his wife "will not spend another night" in the house and he made plans to go to a city out of range of Iraqi missiles. The family also applied for exit visas. GIs Want More News
Reporters in Saudi Arabia bristled when they were denied permission by the Marine Corps to cover U.S. servicemen attending church services Sunday. But GIs also are complaining about access to news.
Army and Marine troops said in interviews that they believe the armed forces radio network has reduced news reports on the war, perhaps to avoid scaring frontline forces.
They made their point referring to Sunday night's Iraqi missile attacks on Dhahran and Riyadh. The radio station set up in Saudi Arabia to serve U.S. forces made only a brief interruption during the Bills-Raiders AFC championship football game to relay reports about the attacks. Officials denied manage the programming, saying the network serves troops around the world, and other soldiers may have preferred to hear the game. They said the network gave updates on the attack. Skirmishing in Dhahran
Brief hostilities broke out Monday afternoon outside the Dhahran International Hotel, the press center for the war, when a Saudi policeman accidentally fired his machine gun, drawing armies of reporters and troops. Saudi policemen suddenly grabbed a CBS and ABC cameramen, confiscated their film, and paraded them into the hotel as their stunned colleagues watched.
"Get your hands off him," shouted ABC reporter Sam Donaldson, sticking up for his cameraman. "We're here to defend your country." Talks were held and peace was restored.
This report was compiled by Post staff writer Stephen C. Fehr in Dhahran from military pool and staff reports.