Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* ALL QUIET ON IRAQI FRONT: Reporter Nicholas Blanford hitched a ride with a CNN camera crew yesterday. They drove out to the demilitarized zone on the Kuwait-Iraq border (page 7) to see if there were any indication of a US or Iraqi troop buildup or other "signs of tension."

"We were met by two very polite officers - an Austrian and a Brit - who gave us a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation. But, much to the dismay of the CNN crew, no pictures were allowed."

Scattered along the border are 1,327 UN observers who watch for violations of the demilitarized zone. The zone stretches 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) into Iraq and 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) into Kuwait. "It was very quiet. The only violations of the DMZ, we were told, are occasional Iraqi smugglers hoping to sell some whiskey to the UN observers - and the US and British aircraft that fly over on their way to patrolling the no-fly zones in Iraq. The flights are a violation of a UN resolution, which is duly noted by observers," says Nick. …

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