An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

April 16, 2015 7:46 AM

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When the U.S. withdrew its troops from Iraq in 2011, many American news organizations followed suit, scaling back or shutting down their bureaus. Ned Parker was among a handful of American journalists who continued to report from Iraq.

But Parker, the Reuters bureau chief in Baghdad, abruptly fled the country last week after receiving death threats for his recent report on human rights abuses by Shiite paramilitary forces that are fighting alongside Iraqi government troops against the self-described Islamic State, or ISIS.

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