Nov. 29, 2004 11:26 a.m.
The couches were black fake leather, the kind that forms a suction on your ear when you try to sleep on it.
It was a straight black couch against the wall in the Coalition Press Center in the Green Zone in Baghdad.
To get there we carried ten cases of gear through three checkpoints. I got frisked each time. The procedure for getting frisked is to unvelcro your vest and hold your arms out with your back facing the frisker.
The helicopter was late because of weather. That meant 24 hours on the couch. I had not been to the Press Center in two months. There was a door with an intercom and two signs on the wall that told you how to use the intercom. I tried and got no response. I banged until someone came.
They gave us two MREs and two bottles of water. I picked Beef Ravioli and left Country Chicken for the cameraman, Richard, who had never had an MRE. A woman from Virginia came out and gave us a teapot and gave me a blanket. The windows had been blown out by bombs.
In the bathroom the water did not run. The lock on the door to the press center was broken, so everyone had to bang to be let in.
I slept until a car bomb the next morning. I thought it was a mortar until I heard the Gurkas saying "Karbo, Karbo." It shook the wall next to the couch. I was glad it was a car bomb and not a mortar. A car bomb could not get me but a mortar could.
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My son is currently in Ramadi with 2/5 G Co. We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to hear and see our loved ones. For the families and loved ones back home, we also would like to hear the good side of what our loved ones are doing. We know that they are putting their lives on the line daily for freedom. Prayers for all in harms way.
VPMM of Cpl Sean
Its great to hear that the media is venturing into Ramadi. My husband, also Steve, is there and its so disappointing to watch the news over and over and never see the the 2 ID patch anywhere. Yet nearly 2 dozen soldiers from our brigade which is attached to 1st Marine have lost their lives in and around Ramadi. Thanks for taking the risk and going out to give us the rest of the story in Iraq.
— Marsha (Columbus, GA)
I'm glad to see that Fox News is back in Ramadi. I followed Col North's reports this summer from Ramadi with much interest when he was with the 2/4 knowing that my son and his Unit would be replacing them. My son is with the 2/5 - Weapons Co., Whiskey "1", at Camp Hurricane Point. If you run into him, tell him his Dad said said hello and we are anxious for their return home.
Proud Marine Dad,
My son also is with 2/5 Weapons, Whiskey 03. Looks like you're going to have to pay them a visit. Ramadi is a very dangerous place. Weapons alone has lost its C.O. and several good young Marines. Tell Whiskey 3 and my son if you see him to stay safe. You too, friend...
Thank you for reporting from Ramadi. My son LPCL Green is with the 2/5 Weapons Whiskey 3 Company. If you happen to run into him please tell him his family misses him and loves him very much.
Thank you from a grateful mom.
My grandson, Chris, is with Echo Company, Weapons Plt., his second tour in Iraq. We haven't heard from him in some time. If you come across the group, give him a "high five" and blessings from Papa Charlie & Grandma. Doing a great job!!
Good Luck & Stay Safe.... while you're there say "Hi" to the members of the Army's 2ID 2nd Brigade Combat Team who were pulled out of South Korea and attached to the Marines in the Ramadi area. Some of these soldiers, including my husband, had already spent several months to a year or MORE away from their families before getting orders to serve an additional year in Iraq.
I know you are hoping to find a hot news story, but my prayers will be that the situation there becomes more peaceful warranting only a passing mention.
— Suzanne (Killeen, TX)
So glad to hear news about Ramadi , my son is in there, it seems like we never hear about these men and women and the dangers that they face everyday. Stay safe and stay strong Steve, your reporting is a blessing, giving us real information as to what's going on.
I saw your report from Ramadi a few minutes ago. Thank you very much for mentioning 2/5. It seems like weeks since I have heard any news from this Battalion. I have a nephew in Weapons Company. Please make sure all of our troops know how much we appreciate them and please be safe, we need your reports.
— Roger 1st Sgt(Ret)USA
Dear Steve -
I just saw your latest video from Iraq - very powerful stuff. I have learned alot from your blog and from your reports on Eurabia- it's a very scary world.
I want you to know that someone like me really, personally appreciates all your hard work and personal sacrifice. I'm lucky that you are a journalist in my time.
Do you need anything from the good U.S.A - like more fly paper? I will be happy to send you whatever you need.
Again, thank you and stay safe.
I just stumbled on your blog. It is great. I have been following your reporting since you were not far from Bagram airbase with the Northern Alliance. I got up very early every morning to catch your live video during this conflict. I am amazed at the tenacity and forthrightness of your reporting. In fact, you are one of the few reporters that I have absolute confidence in.
Bill (Destrehan, LA)
PS - I am praying for you and the troops in Iraq.
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving, It must have been hard for you to be away from your family snd my heart goes out to you. Second of all, great blog as usual, the thing I like most about all of your blogs is how you let us know how things really are in Iraq and elsewhere, it almost makes me feel like I am there with you and experiencing things with you, what a wonderful job you do with the blogs especially considering the circumstances, bravo to you and continue to keep us informed and continue to keep up the good work! Stay safe and take care.
— Dana (Wayne, NJ)
I am a former US Marine Corporal from 1986 to 1990. I just wanted to let you know that we appreciate you and all that you do to bring us the news from the front lines.
Your sacrifice is no less than that of the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who are fighting the war. You too face similar dangers and time away from home.
Keep up the great job and “Fair and Balanced” reporting.
— Kent (Irving, TX)
I just found your blog. I sat here and read every entry. I am touched beyond belief. In fact, I am really unable to put into words the way I feel now, but I want to say thank you and God bless you and you are in our prayers.
— Cenith ( Little River, SC)
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.