U.S. Marines Raid the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad: We Go to the Iraqi Capital to Speak with a Reporter Inside the Hotel

April 16, 2003

US Marines raided the Palestine Hotel yesterday morning. That is where foreign journalists are staying, and is also where the US has set up a temporary operations base.

Marines kicked down doors, rousing journalists from their beds and pointing M-16s in their faces, according to the Associated Press.

Marines were seen guarding suspects in a hall and interrogating a man who said he is a cameraman.

Marines press officer Sgt José Guillen said the Marines were checking the hotel to ensure it was "100% safe."

Yesterday I talked to Ezzedine Said, a reporter with Agence France Press reporter based at the Palestine Hotel. I asked him to outline what happened...

  • Ezzedine Said, Agence France Press reporter speaking to us from the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.