The Press: Dateline: Middle East

When the army rebels seized power in Iraq fortnight ago, no American foreign correspondent was in the country. For the next week, correspondents swarmed into the Middle East and made sorties on Iraq's sealed borders. The man who reached Baghdad first was no old Middle East hand, but the A.P.'s blond, 34-year-old Stan Carter, assigned to the Beirut bureau only last month. Carter flew into neighboring Syria and began to importune Iraqi officials, finally wangled his way aboard an Iraqi military plane and landed in Baghdad some 60 hours before any competitor showed...

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