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Woodruff in Iraq after injury

July 14, 2009|Associated Press

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff returned to Iraq on Monday for the first time since he was nearly killed there by a roadside bomb more than three years ago.

Woodruff is on a reporting trip that left Washington with Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The ABC newsman is staying on U.S. military bases while he is in Iraq.

Woodruff suffered a serious brain injury from the Jan. 29, 2006, bomb that exploded while he was riding in an Iraqi army tank, his upper body exposed as he stood in the hatch. He returned to ABC News after an arduous 13-month recovery, and he's done extensive reporting on the plight of people who were severely injured in the war.

Bad weather foiled his first report, scheduled to air on "World News" Monday. A sandstorm in Kirkuk, where Woodruff and Mullen were, disrupted ABC's satellite capabilities and made them unable to transmit the story, the network said.

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