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[] CNN's Christiane Amanpour banned from two Middle Eastern countries,

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Posted Wednesday, October 9 at 3:14 PM

CNN's Christiane Amanpour banned from two Middle Eastern countries

NEW YORK - CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour has been 
banned from two countries that fought a nearly decade-long war in the 1980s 
- Iraq and Iran.

On Wednesday, Iran barred Amanpour from accompanying British Foreign 
Secretary Jack Straw, who is visiting the region. She had to get off the 
plane in Kuwait.

The Iranian-born Amanpour is also one of three CNN reporters, along with 
Wolf Blitzer and Richard Roth, who are currently refused entry to Iraq, the 
network said.

Iran Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Amanpour was banned in 
retaliation for U.S. treatment of Iranians who want to visit the United States.

"Some Iranian journalists and artists, including film director Abbas 
Kiarostami, were either denied U.S. visas or left waiting for months for a 
decision. We, of course, take this into account," Kharrazi told reporters.

The United States has long required visiting Iranians to be fingerprinted 
upon arrival. More recently, as part of security measures taken after the 
Sept. 11 attacks, Iranians who apply for U.S. visas are among those who 
have been subject to time-consuming checks and are registered upon arrival.

Eason Jordan, CNN president of newsgathering, called Iran's action 
"troubling and unwarranted."

"A lot of people are scared of Christiane Amanpour," Jordan said, "even 
people at the Pentagon, who half-jokingly track her movements around the 
world as an indicator that there may be trouble happening in that region."

Even some countries friendly to the United States, like South Korea, have 
banned Amanpour because of worries about her reporting, he said.

CNN has no immediate hope of getting Amanpour into Iraq. The cable news 
network currently has correspondents Nic Robertson and Rula Amin stationed 

In recent weeks, ABC briefly had trouble getting visas approved for 
visiting journalists in Iraq because of Claire Shipman's interview with a 
former mistress of Saddam Hussein's. ABC correspondent David Wright is now 
in Iraq.

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