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By Richard Engel

Whilst struggle broke out in Iraq, each significant U.S. community pulled its correspondents from the scene. regardless of the chance, Richard Engel stayed. As our tanks entered Baghdad in April 2003, he used to be there, bringing the Iraqi conflict into American houses as a stringer for ABC information. decided to convey the total center East tale, Engel moved to Cairo in 1996 after graduating from Stanford to profit 'street' Arabic. Then to dig even deeper into the complex powder-keg of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, he settled in Jerusalem.

Now as Iraq enters its post-war section and the Gulf zone keeps to dominate our nation's awareness, increasingly more american citizens will come to grasp and belief Richard Engel--especially in his present function as a correspondent for NBC Nightly information with Tom Brokaw. either analytical and anecdotal, this publication leads us throughout the struggle in Iraq, dissecting a myriad of heart East matters, all from the vantage aspect of somebody who's 'on the floor and within the streets' to get the genuine tale.

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Before the war children were given government-supplied meals at school but this was no longer possible; and the embargo, extensive enough to cover imports of paper, meant that newspapers were reducing their number of pages and editions, and that the book trade had virtually collapsed, massively hampering education at all levels. Ian Katz, reporting for The Guardian (29 January 1993), describes how the resilient Iraqi people are struggling to cope with appalling difficulties: thousands of engineers and doctors are unemployed, a pharmacist tells how she can only service a quarter of the prescriptions brought to her, a dentist describes how she cannot any longer obtain the necessary anaesthetics.

By now there was further fighting between Kurds and Iraqi troops, with reports of at least one massacre by Kurds of sixty Iraqi prisoners and civilians. ' She added that Washington was also concerned about reports of indiscriminate Iraqi shelling of Kurdish civilian areas. As many as 50,000 Kurds were now reported to be fleeing from their homes to escape the renewed fighting. At the same time Saddam Hussein moved to intensify the food and fuel blockade of the Kurdish regions as winter closed in.

47 Efforts to end the abuses seemed largely ineffectual. Beatings and disappearances were continuing throughout Kuwait, with mutilated bodies being dumped in the streets, and bands of armed Kuwaiti men touring the streets with the express intention of raping foreign women. In one report, a rape crisis was 'sweeping unchecked across the recently liberated emirate, worse than anything experienced during the Iraqi occupation. ,49 Large metal cages had now been constructed for use in the Kuwaiti courtrooms to hold the accused Palestinians, Iraqis and others who had confessed under torture.

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