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Oct. 1, 2004 11:37 a.m.
Arrived in Baghdad. Thirty-four children were killed in multiple suicide bombing attacks.
I'm not sure it is necessary to write any more than that.
We arrived at Baghdad airport in the afternoon and got on a bus to the airport gate to be met by armored vehicles and Security. I figured Security would try to scare us. It always seemed to work out that way. As soon as we slammed shut the airtight doors, Security told us the airport road we were on was just hit a half an hour ago, and had been closed most of the day. Now there was a heavy military presence on the road. So it was probably good to arrive a half-hour after the road was attacked, like a calm after a big wave. Security also pointed out the scenes of some bombing attacks earlier in the day. They said it was worse than it was in April.
Chicken curry for dinner with a cool sauce of yogurt and mint jelly, mixed in a blender. Mattress marshmallow soft. Heavy curtain pulled shut to reduce glass fragments in case of shelling. I left the curtain shut. I knew the view already. Put "Cobra" by My Morning Jacket on my Ipod®, but heard explosions in the background and turned it off. If there were explosions, I wanted to hear them. I left my vest and helmet on the floor next to my bed, and left the light in the hallway on.
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I just read that story and am fighting tears. I greatly appreciate your reporting and especially your blog. You tell us so much in so few words; it really makes an impact. Keep it up. I'll pray for your safety and also for those with you, and especially for Carlos to come home safely to the "little man."
And now I'm off to have a good cry!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your stories. They are so wonderful, so sweet! I'm always waiting for the next story to read, another little everyday story from your life. You are a great journalist and a great man with a big heart. Steve, please take care of yourself in Iraq and remember you are always in our hearts and thoughts.
I have been watching you since Afghanistan. I think you realize the importance of what you do and say. Not just for us at home, but also for the people in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The thing is that you get it. I hope to see you on television everyday.
We love you,
Ms. A. Griffin HQ
Kings Bay, Georgia
You have friends here, too...and we are there with you closely in thought and spirit.
Alison (North Carolina)
I have been reading your blogs for awhile now. You are a gifted writer able to capture a moment in time with brevity. I am often amazed how easily you convey a mood, feeling or thought without being obvious about doing so. Keep up the work. Some day historians will read these blogs as a primary source and will be delighted to find not only facts but all those extra things that make history more than just dates and events.
I have been in awe of the great job you do for FOX News and all the viewers. Your dedication and candid approach is very appreciated!
I really enjoyed reading your blog, you definitely have a gift to share with all of us..
Thanks for everything you do,
Steve, you are providing this country such important information at the risk of your physical and mental health. Just wanted to say thank you.
Jo Ann (Cottonwood, AZ)
Your professionalism caught my attention on FOX News at the beginning of the war in Iraq. I trust what you say and I enjoy all of your reports. Keep up the good work. You encourage my outlook for the future of America.
Margaret (Fairfax, VA)
What is it that makes your reporting so unique? You tell the simple truth, the whole story as it is. You don't add to or take away details to your reports to achieve sensationalism as many other reporters do. Please don't ever change your style!
Elaine (MO City, TX)
I just wanted to thank you for being the type of reporter that you are. You show us glimpses of life in the world's most dangerous places that few Americans can even imagine. I look foreword to each of your updates from wherever in the world you happen to be. Your reports strip away the
embellishment and drama that other reporters dish out to make their stories more readable. Your stories need none of that because they stand on their own as the most interesting reading on FOX News. You stick your neck out and experience horrors few of us will ever know to get your stories and I for one am proud that you are a fellow American. Please keep your head down,
watch your back and keep up the super reporting!
— Michael (Rockhill, SC)
Push on, we need the facts, being graphic sometimes is the only way to reach the minds and hearts of the world.
Keep the wires open, and thanks,
Greetings From Sunny California Steve,
Just a short note to let you know that we Californians are very proud of you for the job you're doing over there!! We watch you as often as FOX shows you on the screen, and have grown to love your blogs! Keep up the fantastic work young man!!
One of my first daily routines is to sit at my computer and read local and then national news sites. I have been doing this for well over a year. About a month and a half ago, I started reading your blogs. This has become a daily thing for me, I am drawn to your writing style and most importantly, what you are saying. I wish you the best of luck and the safest of journeys.
May the road rise up to meet your feet.
Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.