Jane Arraf Jane Arraf is NPR's International Correspondent based in Cairo.
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Jane Arraf

International Correspondent, Cairo, Egypt

Jane Arraf covers Egypt, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East for NPR News.

Arraf joined NPR in 2017 after two decades of reporting from and about the region for CNN, NBC, the Christian Science Monitor, PBS Newshour, and Al Jazeera English. She has previously been posted to Baghdad, Amman, and Istanbul, along with Washington, DC, New York, and Montreal.

She has reported from Iraq since the 1990s. For several years, Arraf was the only Western journalist based in Baghdad. She reported on the war in Iraq in 2003 and covered live the battles for Fallujah, Najaf, Samarra, and Tel Afar. She has also covered India, Pakistan, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and has done extensive magazine writing.

Arraf is a former Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Her awards include a Peabody for PBS NewsHour, an Overseas Press Club citation, and inclusion in a CNN Emmy.

Arraf studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa and began her career at Reuters.

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Near The Turkish Border, Syrian Civilians Cautiously Assess A Cease-Fire

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Despite Syria-Turkey Cease-Fire, Life Is Difficult For Civilians In Idlib

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One Million Displaced People In Idlib, Syria Ponder Their Futures Amid Wartime

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Russian-Turkish Presidents Broker Cease-Fire In Northwestern Syria

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Protesters near Baghdad's Tahrir Square. The concrete barriers have been erected by security forces who are trying to prevent demonstrations from moving closer to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Iraq's Protests Shook The Government. Now The Movement Is Nearly Crushed

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From Iran, Shiite Cleric Tries To Crush Iraq's Protest Movement

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40 Days Later, Iraqis Gather At Site Of Soleimani Killing

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It's A Dangerous Time For Christians In Northeastern Syria

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Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, photographed in 2012, was named Iraq's next prime minister. Following his appointment on Saturday, Allawi made a show of support with the anti-government protest movement. Prashant Rao /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Several Mortars Hit The U.S. Embassy Compound In Baghdad

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Police Set Fire To Iraqi Protesters' Tents As Shiite Cleric Withdraws Support

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Volunteer medics clear the ruins of a medical tent near Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Saturday after security forces stormed the area. They said security forces set the tent on fire, burning everything in it, including medical supplies. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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An Iraqi protester grabs a tear gas canister fired by riot police amid clashes following a demonstration east of Tahrir Square, on Monday. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'We Are Not Going To Leave': Iraq's Protests Escalate

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Baghdad Anti-Government Protests Escalate

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