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.