As a new wave of violence rocks Iraq, CNN’s Michael Holmes is reporting live from Baghdad this week. In addition to interviewing the former Iraqi Prime Minister yesterday, Holmes wrote a CNN.com story detailing how it feels to be reporting from the region right now:
The feeling in Baghdad today is one of dread — dreading the next car bomb or suicide attack or assassination. The city isn’t lacking a security presence — it is awash in it. Two years ago there were checkpoints, but nowhere near the number we’ve seen these past days, nor were those manning those checkpoints as, let’s say, fastidious as they are now.
Just moving around the city is an exercise in moving from one checkpoint to the next, each manned by young men who themselves, one imagines, fear the next car could be the last one they ever inspect.
Elizabeth Palmer is also reporting from Iraq for CBS News.