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February 25th, 2012
02:37 AM ET

Homs, Syria: A City Under Siege

     Rescue crews are evacuating wounded and sick women and children from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, a spokeswoman for the International Committee for the Red Cross said Friday. When asked if international journalists wounded in the city would be brought out, Carla Haddad Mardini said the mission was "to evacuate all wounded and sick in urgent need of medical assistance without any exception."

 

     Activists say residents of Homs have endured three weeks of daily shelling by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Scores of people have been killed. On Wednesday, the prominent Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed when Syrian forces attacked a temporary media center.

 


French photojournalist “Mani” experienced the battle in Homs firsthand. Watch for Nic Robertson's interview with “Mani” this weekend on CNN. But first, Channel Four's Jonathan Miller gives voice to “Mani’s” incredible images in this special report from a Syrian city under siege. Please note, there are graphic images in this piece that may disturb you.


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Big economic boom in Basra
February 24th, 2012
04:28 PM ET

Big economic boom in Basra

Not all regions of Iraq have been impacted by sectarian violence. The oil hub of Basra is seeing a big boom in economic growth. Frederik Pleitgen takes us to Iraq's second largest city.

While in Basra, Frederik Pleitgen discovered that the sport of boxing can transcend language barriers... And it turns out Fred isn't bad in the ring!

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February 22nd, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Syria: Cut off and under fire in Homs

Relentless shelling forces families underground in Homs, Syria. CNN's Arwa Damon, safely back in Beirut, talks about her experience there.

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February 21st, 2012
08:05 PM ET

Deterring the threat from Iran

Iran's hardliners have recently threatened to shut down the crucial oil hub, the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. Military has pledged to keep it open. Fred Pleitgen has more from aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.


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February 10th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
February 10th, 2012
03:37 PM ET
A Rare Look Inside Syria
January 24th, 2012
09:29 PM ET

A Rare Look Inside Syria

Since the violence began in Syria, CNN and other media outlets have been working at a disadvantage.  The Syrian government has imposed severe restrictions on foreign journalists, allowing few of them to enter the country to report.  That means we've been unable to see for ourselves what has been happening.

But recently, Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson was allowed to enter the country, following Arab League monitors on their fact-finding mission.  In this report, Nic gives us a rare look at how tensions inside the country are making it hard for Syrians to live... and shows us the challenges of capturing what is really happening in Syria.

We spoke with Nic Robertson from London, after he returned from Syria, to get him to go into more detail about what it was like to report under such taxing conditions inside of Syria.


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