Near-miss for ABC News anchor in Iraq

TV Arts


NEW YORK - ABC news anchor Chris Cuomo was unhurt Tuesday after the
convoy of military police he was riding with in Iraq was struck by a
roadside bomb.

Some of the soldiers suffered minor injuries in the attack, ABC said.
The convoy of four heavily armored Humvees was going to check a report
of a burning vehicle in northwest Baghdad when booby-trapped bodies
left by the side of the road exploded.

The vehicles returned to safety following a small arms battle, and
Cuomo reported on the attack on "Good Morning America," where he is the
news anchor.

"If these vehicles did not have the armor that they did, this situation
could have turned out very differently," Cuomo said. A hubcap-sized
piece of shrapnel shattered glass but was stopped by the armor in the
vehicle in front of him, he said.

Another ABC News anchor, Bob Woodruff, was seriously injured by a
roadside bomb in Iraq on Jan. 29, 2006. He will tell his story in a
prime-time ABC special next month.

While ABC is continually reassessing the safety of its journalists in
Iraq, the network believes it's important to tell the story of what
American military personnel go through every day, ABC News spokesman
Jeffrey Schneider said.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.


On the Net:

Yeah, yeah.

If the vehicles hadn't of had the armor, they would not have been sent out
on a combat patrol.

For more "routine" stuff, the armor is extra weight which means the vehicles
can't carry as much which means that you need more vehicles, more gas, more
men to drive them, and more "combat patrols" to protect them.