Jane Arraf Jane Arraf is NPR's International Correspondent based in Cairo.
Jane Arraf at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., December 14, 2018 (photo by Wanyu Zhang)
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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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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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A U.S. General Walks Baghdad Streets For The First Time In Years

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American General Walks Around Downtown Baghdad For First Time In Years

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Damaged House In Mosul's Old City Is Remnant Of Old Synagogue

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The Walls Around Baghdad's Green Zone Are Coming Down, Despite Continued Danger

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Iraqi And U.S. Militaries Step Up Operations In Iraq Against ISIS

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Naser al-Shimary, deported this year to Iraq from the U.S., greets his four-year-old son Vincent at Baghdad international airport. Shimary had lived in the U.S. since he was five years old. He agreed to be deported under a practice halted by a U.S. court this summer. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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'They Know I'm Different': Deportee Struggles In Iraq After Decades Living In U.S.

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In Iraq, A Race To Protect The Crumbling Bricks Of Ancient Babylon

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It's Been Tough Going For A Man That The U.S. Sent Back To Iraq

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Book Festival That Drew Thousands Of People To Downtown Mosul Is Far From Ordinary

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