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Gulf War Conflict Reporting



Neal Conan was among a group of three dozen journalists held by Iraqi soldiers for nearly a week in the waning days of the 1991 Gulf War. In this NPR legacy special, Conan looks back on the event.


During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi Republican Guard detained Conan for a week. He and Chris Hedges of The New York Times were reporting on a Shia rebellion centered in Basra, Iraq. In this NPR legacy special, Conan looks back on the event.


Excerpt from Neal’s recollection: “...a speeding jeep overtook us, with armed soldiers inside, gesturing to pull over. Soldiers leapt out and, without saying a word, put their AK-47s in our faces and pulled us out of our Land Rover, patted us down for weapons and threw us in the back of the jeep.”


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