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War Update: Marines

NPR's John Burnett, with the Marine's 1st Division in Iraq, says forward movement of the column was slowed because of a firefight just south of Baghdad. Marine commanders say rifle fire and rocket-propelled grenades appeared to come from Iraqi irregulars -- some wearing black. Attacks such as these have slowed, but not stopped, forward movement of the Marines.

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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.