The journalist with nine lives

Having been kidnapped twice already, in Iraq and Afghanistan, Stephen Farrel was 1 of 4 ‘NYT’ correspondents captured and brutalized by Muammar Gaddafi’s troops in Libya.

June 30, 2011 18:09
Stephen Farell in Saddam's hiding hole in Iraq

Stephen Farell_521. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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You were a single man when you were kidnapped in Iraq; you were a newlywed when the Taliban took you prisoner in Afghanistan and British commandos rescued you; and you were a new father when you were taken prisoner in Libya. Is it time to stay behind the front lines?

I think, yes. There’s no question about that. Apart from the status of being single or married, when you have been so close three times and other times, close in ways that didn’t involve kidnapping or abduction, you have to accept, certainly for me, that there’s only so many times you can come that close and risk death without it being slightly perverse to continue risking it. The other factor is, at some point, you become so high-profile that you risk targeting yourself and endangering yourself and others around you.


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