I think it is a fairly common trick among photojournalists to drop a doll into a bombed out environment. (this guy works for neither news agency, however, he's a separate participant).
I do not recall if the specific example I would like to cite was from a fictional film (like a Good Morning Vietnam) or a documentary on a particular photographer. I know there was a doll (that was boobytrapped) in Full Metal Jacket but that is not what I am recalling. This was someone discussing the craft.
"I think it is a fairly common trick among photojournalists to drop a doll into a bombed out environment."
I've certainly had my suspicions that's been going on. Especially given the proscription against having images of animals around the house in the Moslem religion. (Something I'm amazed nobody's brought up.) But I guess they might be as strict in Lebanon. Or maybe these were Christians or Druze.
As for the cleanliness of the dolls, and who knows where he found them? Maybe they were in something else. Maybe even in the house that is still standing to the left. Do you really think the poser and the photographer would be so stupid as to over look such a basic thing?
VaBthang4, check out my posting history if you think I'm from DU.
I'm simply saying the background of the shots suggest he may have come down from the hill (upstage) to the suitcase with the two dolls and picked up Minnie along the way.