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(1,718 posts)
Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:15 PM Aug 2021

CNN's Clarissa Ward says Kabul colleague nearly pistol-whipped

NEW YORK (AP) — Clarissa Ward described on Wednesday how a member of her CNN crew was nearly pistol-whipped by a Taliban fighter as they were covering a tumultuous scene outside the airport in Kabul. “I’ve covered all sorts of crazy situations,” Ward said in a report that aired on CNN. “This was mayhem. This was nuts.” The network’s chief international correspondent has been probably the most visible reporter covering the rapid fall of Afghanistan to Taliban fighters. Perhaps inevitably, that has made her words and even her wardrobe a topic of social media conversation.

In one report Wednesday, Ward said it was extremely chaotic near the airport, where people were pleading for help to get out of the country. At one point, she said, a Taliban fighter shouted at her to cover her face or he wouldn’t talk to her. He was carrying a makeshift whip with a heavy chain and padlock. The CNN producer, Brent Swails, was taking video with a cellphone when two Taliban fighters approached him with their pistols and seemed about to strike him, Ward said, making a motion with her arms to simulate it.

Another Taliban fighter stopped them, saying not to hit him because they’re journalists, she said.

“It’s very dicey, it’s very dangerous,” Ward said. “It’s completely unpredictable. To me, it’s a miracle that more people haven’t been seriously hurt.”

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(5,664 posts)
1. She needs to leave. I realize this is her profession, but you are just waiting for one of these
Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:18 PM
Aug 2021

Guys who is crazed to kill first ask questions later. There is no way they can protect her.


(26,366 posts)
6. Yeah really. Someone already told her to "stand aside" because she's "a woman".
Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:43 PM
Aug 2021

If she's doing her job it seems only a matter of time before she really pisses someone off there.

Best wishes to her.



(33,643 posts)
4. She should probably ... you know ... GTFO at this point I'm thinking ...
Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:22 PM
Aug 2021

Call me crazy, and I admire her courage, but ... it really seems prudent.


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(12,047 posts)
5. I watched it live, they were carrying AK-47s, not pistols, he was going to be clubbed with gunstock
Wed Aug 18, 2021, 09:34 PM
Aug 2021

She is awesome.

Her street scenes are riveting...unwashed, uncensored news coverage, great stuff. She is very brave.


(17,272 posts)
7. Yes, brave
Wed Aug 18, 2021, 10:36 PM
Aug 2021

Get her out of there. Does anyone.. anyone for one minute think she and her crew are safe?

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