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NPR's Anne Garrels Reports from Baghdad
Anne Garrels
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March-April 2003 -- NPR Foreign Correspondent Anne Garrels was the only U.S. network staffer to continue broadcasting from the heart of the Iraqi capital as the war began. Hear her reports and her recollections upon returning home.

Anne Garrels, Back in the U.S.A.
NPR's Anne Garrels is back from Iraq. She recounts her war experiences for Morning Edition and NPR's Susan Stamberg. Hear an extended version of the interview. April 23, 2003

Anne Garrels Heading Home
After more than two months in Baghdad, Anne Garrels is on the way home. She arrived in Amman, Jordan, after a nine-hour drive through the desert. April 15, 2003

Looting Decimates Iraq Museum Collection
The looting of Iraq's National Museum is so extensive that curators say it will be easier to catalogue what remains than to document what was stolen or destroyed. Museum staff are bitter that American troops were only a few hundred yards away when the looting started, but did nothing to stop it. NPR's Anne Garrels reports. April 14, 2003

U.S. Forces Police a Lawless Baghdad
U.S. Marines will begin enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew in eastern Baghdad starting Friday. It's an attempt to control widespread looting in a city lacking all signs of Saddam Hussein's authoritarian regime. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. April 11, 2003

War Update: Central Baghdad
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Anne Garrels in Baghdad. She gives an update of today's events in Iraq, and the mood of the city now that night has overtaken an eventful day. April 9, 2003

As Baghdad Falls, Residents Celebrate
NPR's Anne Garrels reports from Baghdad, where hundreds of civilians are cheering the arrival of U.S. troops. Garrels says the few journalists covering the war from inside Baghdad are breathing easier as Iraqi security officials seem to have completely disappeared. April 9, 2003

Two Journalists Killed in Baghdad Blast
Two journalists are killed after U.S. forces fire on their hotel in Baghdad. Pentagon officials say the Army's 3rd Infantry Division targeted the Palestine Hotel, the base for most of the foreign media in the Iraqi capital, in response to sniper fire from the hotel's rooftop. But journalists said they heard no shots from the hotel. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. April 8, 2003

U.S. Forces Battle Saddam's Forces in Baghdad
The nightmare of urban warfare comes true as U.S. forces battle pockets of resistance in Baghdad. An American armored column invades a presidential palace, daylight hours are filled with sounds of bombs, artillery and automatic gunfire which quiet toward night. Electricity and phones are out. NPR's Anne Garrels reports. April 7, 2003

Confusion and Fear Inside Baghdad
All Things Considered guest host John Ydstie talks to NPR's Anne Garrels about the situation inside Baghdad, where electricity and phone service are cut off. Garrels reports that her movements are very limited because of a curfew, but she can hear explosions, shelling and missiles in the western part of the city, closest to Baghdad Airport. April 6, 2003

Blackout Raises Tensions in Iraqi Capital
Baghdad plunges into darkness in the first widespread power outage since the war began. Some Iraqis flee the city amid growing chaos. Iraqi officials blame the blackout on the Americans but a U.S. military spokesman says the city's power grid was not targeted in bombing raids. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. April 4, 2003

Video Purportedly Shows Saddam Visiting Civilians
Iraqi television broadcasts footage of what it claims is President Saddam Hussein visiting residential areas of Baghdad on Friday. If the video is authentic, it would be Saddam's first public appearance in two years. Meanwhile, Iraqi ministers continue to report the battle is going according to Iraqi plans. NPR's Anne Garrels reports. April 4, 2003

Baghdad Shuts Down as U.S. Troops Near
As the siege of Baghdad nears, the city mysteriously plunges into darkness in the first widespread power outage since the war began. Streets are empty, and southern and western roads out of the city are blocked. Iraq's information ministry maintains U.S. forces aren't within 100 miles of capital. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. April 3, 2003

View from Baghdad
Morning Edition host Bob Edwards speaks with NPR's Anne Garrels, who is in Baghdad. April 3, 2003

Life Goes On in Baghdad in Face of Blitz
U.S. and British warplanes continue to strike government buildings inside Baghdad and key defenses on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital. Despite the almost constant bombardment, reporters inside the city say life there seems remarkably close to normal. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. March 31, 2003

Explosion at Baghdad Market Leaves Dozens Dead
The toll from an explosion Friday at a crowded Baghdad market stands at 58 dead and at least 40 injured. Iraqis blame an American bomb. U.S. military officials say they're investigating what might have caused the blast. NPR's Anne Garrels reports. March 29, 2003

Iraq Expects Baghdad Showdown Soon
At a briefing in Baghdad, Iraq's defense minister says he expects U.S. forces to encircle the city within five to 10 days. Sultan Hashim Ahmed says the forces will battle each other in the city's streets, but that American troops ultimately will fail to take Baghdad. In the end, Americans will be forced out, he says, because Iraqis have the advantage of fighting on their own soil for their own country. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. March 27, 2003

Iraq Says Missiles Hit Civilian Area
Iraqi officials say two cruise missiles struck a residential and shopping area in Baghdad, killing at least 14 people. Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks says the Pentagon is investigating the incident. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. March 26, 2003

Destruction, Anger on Streets of Baghdad
NPR's Anne Garrels reports on the destruction she witnessed in a commercial neighborhood in Baghdad, caused by what Iraqis and some observers allege to be at least one errant American bomb or missile. Garrels also describes the "very strange" atmosphere in the city, where smoke clouds and dust from storms have combined to significantly darken the skies, even at noon. March 26, 2003

Iraqi Troops Defiant Amid Air Barrage
U.S. bombs continue to pound Baghdad, but morale appears high among Iraqi soldiers patrolling the streets. Iraq's deputy prime minister insists all members of the Iraqi leadership -- including Saddam Hussein -- are alive and well. NPR's Anne Garrels reports. March 24, 2003

Baghdad Scene
Morning Edition host bob Edwards speaks with NPR's Anne Garrels, who is in Baghdad, about the situation there on the fifth day of the U.S.-led war against Iraq. March 24, 2003

Baghdad Smolders After U.S. Attacks, Oil Fires
Black smoke billows over Baghdad as missiles pound Saddam Hussein's capital for the fourth day. Some of the fires are the result of oil fires set by Iraqi forces, possibly in an attempt to disrupt the air attacks. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. March 23, 2003

Iraqi Officials Say U.S. Reports Are All Lies
NPR's Neal Conan is joined by NPR's Anne Garrels in Baghdad. She says Iraqi officials call reports of U.S. and British military gains in southern Iraq "stupid lies reported by stooges." March 22, 2003

Targets Associated with Saddam, Sons, Bombed
NPR's Scott Simon is joined by NPR's Anne Garrels reporting from Baghdad. "It's nothing like I've ever seen," she says. Bombing has been underway for three hours. She reports the targets are places associated with Saddam Hussein and his sons. Hardest hit is the Republican Palace complex in west Baghdad. People are terrified to talk, and it's unknown what sort of resistance Saddam's forces are mounting. March 22, 2003

Mood in Baghdad is Tense
NPR's Anne Garrels reports from Baghdad that one can hear the antiaircraft guns and also some blasts. Windows are shuttered, not many people are on the streets, no stores are open. March 21, 2003

Baghdad Presidential Compound Hit by Bombs
On the third day of the war in Iraq, a brutal blitz leaves parts of Baghdad in flames. The presidential compound, headquarters for the elite Iraqi forces under the command of Saddam's son, Qusai, is demolished. Hear NPR's Anne Garrels. March 21, 2003

Streets Empty, Visibility Poor in Baghdad
NPR's Anne Garrels reports from Baghdad on conditions in the Iraqi capital following the onset of U.S. airstrikes. March 19, 2003

Anti-Aircraft Fire in Baghdad
NPR's Anne Garrels reports from Baghdad on the sounds of sirens and anti-aircraft guns in the city. March 19, 2003

Airstrikes Begin in Baghdad
Airstrikes began during the early morning hours in Baghdad. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Gjelten talks about why this is an unusual time of day to begin an air campaign, and NPR's Anne Garrels reports from Baghdad on the sounds of explosions. March 19, 2003