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Iraq war reporters talk five years on

Five years since the war in Iraq kicked off, NPR talk to four reporters who have covered the war over the last half decade. They are Anne Garrels, John F. Burns, Ted Koppel and Hoda Abdel-Hamid,
Iraq has changed dramatically in the last five years for journalists covering the war. When foreign correspondents arrived in 2002, they could stay in hotels in downtown Baghdad. Although they had government minders, reporters could walk along city streets. But after the siege of Baghdad, the city changed; the Palestine Hotel, used by many journalists, was hit by two rockets launched from a mule cart. Reporters were kidnapped and killed. Iraq was redrawn along sectarian lines. link