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Jane Arraf

Jane Arraf is CNN's Senior Baghdad Correspondent. Arraf joined CNN in 1998 as Baghdad Bureau Chief, covering Iraq through crisis, sanctions and finally - war. Following the 1991 Gulf War, she was the only Western correspondent based in Iraq. In 2001, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey to serve as the network's bureau chief there, returning to be based in Baghdad in 2002. She was expelled by the Iraqi government in the fall of 2002 after covering a protest of families demanding information on their missing sons.

Returning to Turkey, Arraf covered the Turkish government's decision to reject U.S. troops in the run-up to war. She covered Operation Iraqi Freedom for the network from the north of Iraq, providing live coverage from cities and towns along the front lines as Iraqi troops withdrew. Arraf was one of the first reporters into Mosul, arriving before U.S. forces as parts of the city were looted and burned.

Following the end to major combat operations, Arraf returned to Baghdad as Bureau Chief. Named Senior Baghdad Correspondent in 2004, she now spends most of her time on the front lines in Iraq. For more than six weeks, Arraf and her team provided the only television coverage of the U.S. Army's battle in Najaf against the Mehdi Army and of the battle to retake Samarra. In November 2004, she reported from the front lines of the battle for Fallujah.

Arraf has also covered the war in Kosovo, the flood of Kosovar refugees into Albania, India and Kashmir and the Arab Gulf states.

Before joining CNN, Arraf worked as reporter/producer for Reuters Financial Television (RFTV) in Washington, where her assignments included covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the Treasury Department.

Arraf also served as Reuters Bureau Chief in Jordan from 1990 to 1993. There, she reported and directed coverage of stories through the Gulf crisis to the Middle East peace process. Arraf reported extensively from Iraq after the first Gulf War in 1991.

She began her career as a Reuters correspondent in Montreal. She also covered U.S. troops in Bosnia and the fall of the military regime in Haiti. In addition, she was in New York and Washington as a desk editor before joining Reuters Financial Television.

Arraf studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

 

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