At the front

At the front

: Reporters are either a brave or stupid lot but they do risk their lives to try to bring us the news. See Christian Science Monitor reporter Scott Baldauf’s account of a caravan of journalists who dared to go to ground zero in Najaf.

On the horizon we could see the gold dome of the shrine.

If anyone was going to turn back, now was the time. Eighteen cars suddenly dwindled to eight.

We moved past one more US checkpoint, and then into a no man’s land. To our right was the old cemetery, site of what US officials have called the heaviest hand-to-hand fighting US forces have seen since Vietnam. Ahead of us, we could see Mahdi Army fighters moving around into firing position. We waved our white flag and proceeded slowly.

[via Lost Remote]