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Monday, June 23, 2008

Keeping Track

As promised, today I have updates on several hot-spots that CNN has been covering. First, Nic Robertson returned to Kabul to learn what is happening there with the resurgence of the Taliban. His first report aired Thursday on American Morning:

On Friday, AM ran a behind-the-scenes piece showing Nic's trip from London to Dubai to Kabul. He was calling in reports less than an hour after landing in Afghanistan, as his team loaded up their gear:

(Nic also wrote a blog piece about arriving, which included this:
Barely four hours in our hotel and we discover the Taliban have issued a direct threat against it, starting that day for the next 48 hours. Such is the credible weight of their propaganda these days that we quickly move out.

Rumors we quickly discover are rife. One of the latest doing the rounds is that Westerners are now targets for kidnappers. For money or political zeal, whatever wind was in my sails when I blew in to town is rapidly emptying.

Was the threat real? We don’t know. The 48 hours are up and the hotel hasn’t blown up yet.
Read his full entry here.)

On Saturday, Nic was doing reports live, and recapped that June has so far been deadlier to Coalition forces in Afghanistan than it has been in Iraq:

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Also Thursday, Michael Ware had a report that summed up Iranian influence in Iraq and how the so-called "Special Groups" are attacking our troops. It is an absolutely chilling look at what our soldiers and marines face every day:

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Cal Perry reported from Beirut during NewsRoom on Saturday regarding Israel's war exercise that seems to have been rather pointedly based on Iran's uranium processing plants:

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On Sunday, Peter Bergen was one of the guests on Late Edition, speaking here about why the new government in Pakistan is talking about negotiating with the Taliban...:

...and later discussing a recent trip he made to Iraq:

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Phebe said...

Thanks for catching me up on all the important news from the Middle East that I missed over the weekend. Can you imagine the worry these journalist's families live with while their loved ones are in the field? I worry so about them and I don't even know them.

MWmcFan said...

Cyn, thank you for the treasure trove of international coverage from Nic, Mick, Cal & Peter!
Please stay safe all of you and your crews!