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Embedded in Iraq: 20 Years Later

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Posted by jim on May 10, 2004 at 17:32:34:

i’m embedded w/ 1/5 marines @ abu ghraib prison. amazing experience. when other ap shooter leaves tuesday, i will be the only journalist inside. hasta, jim

Posted by jim on May 12, 2004 at 16:37:01:

it is really hard to manage your gear here. i’ve been out here for four days and my lenses all make crunchy sounds when i focus.

Update, 2024: I arrived at Abu Ghraib in the weeks after all the torture photos leaked, though they were already a year old at the time. I was embedded with Marines who patrolled nearby towns every day. I could also walk around the prison grounds where hundreds of men were in tents under pens but I never got into the hard site where the torture photos were taken.

About: In 2004, I took a leave from my job at the old Philadelphia Daily News and spent next 12 months photographing the war in Iraq for the Associated Press. I shared my experiences with friends and family on a private mailing list and now I am posting my entries on the same dates 20 years later.

By Jim MacMillan

Jim MacMillan is the founder and director of the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting and the assistant director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University. He has been a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Knight-Wallace Fellows, as well as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Swarthmore College. Previously, MacMillan spent 17 years at the Philadelphia Daily News and photographed the war in Iraq for The Associated Press, after which he and his team were awarded The Pulitzer Prize.