Jane Arraf Jane Arraf is NPR's International Correspondent based in Cairo.
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Jane Arraf

International Correspondent, Cairo, Egypt

Jane Arraf covers Egypt, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East for NPR News. She is based in NPR's bureau in Cairo, Egypt.

Arraf joined NPR in 2017 after two decades of reporting from and about the region for CNN, NBC, the Christian Science Monitor, PBS Newshour and al-Jazeera English. She has previously been posted to Baghdad, Amman, and Istanbul, along with Washington, DC, New York, and Montreal.

She has reported from Iraq since the 1990s. For several years, Arraf was the only Western journalist based in Baghdad. She reported live the war in Iraq in 2003; covered the battles for Fallujah, Najaf, and Samarra; and was embedded with US forces during the military surge in Iraq. She has also covered India, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and did extensive magazine and newspaper reporting and writing.

Arraf is a former Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Her awards include a Peabody for PBS Newshour, an Overseas Press Club citation, and inclusion in a CNN Emmy.

Arraf studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa and began her career at Reuters.

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Mazen (right), 13, and his brother Mezban in a camp for displaced Yazidis in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Mazen was freed recently, five years after being kidnapped by ISIS. He was found in Baghouz, the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. His brother was also kidnapped and, 2-1/2 years ago, was rescued with their mother. The boys' father is still missing. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Freed From ISIS, Few Yazidis Return To Suffering Families, Many Remain Missing

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News Brief: FAA Grounds 737 Max, Mueller Team Member Leaves

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Yazidis Tell Their Stories About Life Under ISIS

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After Finally Escaping ISIS Captivity, People Talk About Their Experiences

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Egyptian Christians Left With Nowhere To Pray But The Street

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In Iraq and Syria, What's Left Of ISIS?

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Iraqi Troops React To Trump Comment Regarding Iran

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Mourners transport the flag-draped coffin of Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani, seen in the poster, for burial during her funeral procession in the National Museum in Baghdad on Jan. 21. Iraq is mourning the loss of a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild her country's leading museum in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Why Trade Sanctions Against Iran Are Increasingly Hard For Iraq To Comply With

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As U.S. Troops Leave Syria, Allies Talk To Iraq About ISIS Fight

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Pompeo To Outline U.S.' Middle East Policy During Speech In Egypt

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U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth (center) went with his Iraqi counterpart, Lt. Gen. Jalil Jabbar al-Rubaie (center left), for a tour of Baghdad's most crowded neighborhoods on Friday. Mootaz Sami/AP Images for NPR hide caption

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A U.S. Commander Went For A Rare Stroll In Baghdad. Many Iraqis Just Shrugged

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