British journalists leave military units in reshuffle

The weekend saw an effective reshuffle of British journalists reporting from the Gulf with many becoming “unembedded” from military units, following the overthrow of the Iraqi regime by US and UK armed forces.

Some have returned to the UK or moved to Baghdad or other Iraqi cities.

Channel 4 News’s Alex Thompson and his two-man crew have left the UK military hub in Doha to return home, while Ian Williams, the bulletin’s Asia correspondent, has moved to Baghdad with a crew of two. Lindsey Hilsum remains in Baghdad and Carl Dinnen is staying with the US Marines.

ITV News’s James Mates, Andrea Catherwood and Tim Rogers have all cut ties with the military and are now working independently.

At the BBC, all embedded journalists are now unilateral, with Ben Brown and David Willis now in Baghdad, relieving Rageh Omaar, Paul Wood and Jon Sopel to return home.

New arrivals in Iraq include Feargal Keane, in from Cairo, Orla Guerin from Jerusalem and Caroline Hawley from Amman.

At Sky News, David Chater has returned to the UK after a six-month stint in Iraq. Emma Hurd and Stuart Ramsay remain embedded in UK and US military units respectively.

New correspondents include Tim Marshall, Sky’s foreign affairs editor, who will cover US efforts to establish a new administration in Iraq.

Also arriving in Baghdad are correspondents Michelle Clifford and Laurence Lee, who join Lisa Holland, reporting from Baghdad and Tikrit.

By Wale Azeez

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