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.

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 on the war in Iraq in 2003 and covered live the battles for Fallujah, Najaf, Samarra, and Tel Afar. She has also covered India, Pakistan, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and has done extensive magazine 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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About 200,000 displaced Yazidis are in camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many are waiting for help to rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by ISIS in 2014. Andrea DiCenzo for NPR hide caption

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A Yazidi Survivor's Struggle Shows The Pain That Endures After ISIS Attack

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Six Years After The ISIS Yazidi Genocide, One Woman Reflects

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D.C. Museum Of The Bible To Return Looted Artifacts To Iraq

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Screenshot of video on Facebook showing an Egyptian sarcophagus with mummy inside for sale. According to the ATHAR Project, the video is from an area known for extensive antiquities looting. Facebook bans trade in antiquities and human remains, but relies on user reports to flag suspect items. This post, reported by ATHAR using the Facebook system, was not deemed to violate Facebook's standards. Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Facebook Has Moved To Ban Sales Of Looted Antiquities. Will It Make A Difference?

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Facebook Moves To Prevent Antiquities Looting. Critics Say It's Not Enough

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"From day one, any discussion of herd immunity or survival of the fittest or, you know, 'Say farewell to the elderly,' are the things that just did not sound right for us," Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Razzaz tells NPR. "So we went for a very different model in Jordan, based on social solidarity." Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Coronavirus Around The World: How Countries Are Coping With COVID-19 Surges

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Iraq's Leading Expert On ISIS Shot Dead After Receiving Threats

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People wait for COVID-19 tests at a hospital in Baghdad on June 4. Khalil Dawood /Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iraq, Rising Virus Cases And Oxygen Shortages Stoke Outrage, Fears Of 'Chaos'

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A Spike In Coronavirus Cases Causes Outrage In Iraq

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The Museum of the Bible is located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The entrance is flanked by large bronze doors depicting the first lines of the Book of Genesis. Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR hide caption

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After 'Missteps' And Controversies, Museum Of The Bible Works To Clean Up Its Act

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Saudi Officials Announce This Year's Hajj Will Be 'Very Limited'

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An Iraqi soldier stands guard near a U.S. military air carrier at the Qayyarah Airfield West, before the U.S. transferred the base to Iraqi forces in March. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Laid Off By U.S. Contractor, Iraqi Interpreters Fear ISIS Retaliation

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