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War Update: Marines

NPR's John Burnett is traveling with the U.S. Marines 20 miles south of Baghdad. The closer forces got to the city, the warmer the welcome from civilians, and the less resistance the Marines experienced from Iraqi fighters. There was one scare today, in which a chemical monitor went off and Marines threw on their protective suits, only to find it was a false alarm.

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As NPR's Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and other national assignments. In 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, he won national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the immigration beat. In 2020, Burnett along with other NPR journalists, were finalists for a duPont-Columbia Award for their coverage of the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico program. In December 2018, Burnett was invited to participate in a workshop on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in Western Europe, sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.