Ivan Watson Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has contributed to NPR's coverage of Central Asia and the Middle East. During the Afghan War, Watson "stormed" Kabul along with the Northern Alliance the morning after the withdrawal of the Taliban. After reporting for nearly a year on post-Taliban Afghanistan, Watson then joined NPR's award-winning team coverage of the Iraq War. He embedded with the Kurds of Northern Iraq at the height of the conflict. Since Saddam Hussein's overthrow, Watson has documented the troubled U.S. occupation and the bloody rise of the Iraqi insurgency.