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CNN shuts down Baghdad bureau

CNN has become the final US television news network to shut down its bureau in Baghdad, following the closure by Fox News of its base in the Iraqi capital earlier this year.

The move by CNN to close the bureau it first opened in 1990 comes a year and a half after President Obama withdrew the last US troops from Iraq.

“While CNN is departing its current brick-and-mortar location in Baghdad, the network continues to maintain an editorial presence in Iraq through a dedicated team of CNN stringers and correspondent assignments as news warrants,” a CNN spokesperson told TV Newser.

Other international broadcasters, including Al Jazeera and the BBC, still retain their Baghdad offices while the US networks ABC News and NBC News now only have one producer based in the capital city.

The news comes as the United Nations reported the deaths of over 1,000 people in Iraq in May, making it the highest monthly death toll in the troubled Middle Eastern country since the wide sectarian violence of 2006-7.