Bob Woodruff Travels from Iraq on to Afghanistan

By Sadie Bass

Jul 14, 2009 10:50am

Reporting by phone on today’s Good Morning America, Bob Woodruff spoke to Chris Cuomo about his trip so far: Chris Cuomo:  I just had a great opportunity, a remarkable conversation with our Bob Woodruff just moments ago.  He was back in Iraq for the first time since a bomb almost took his life three years ago. And it's been tough going over there.  There's seasonal sandstorms — he got hit with one when he landed and he's dealing with the extreme conditions.  He's now 25,000 feet in the air, in a military plane, flying to Afghanistan. But he found a way to give us a debrief — here's what he had to say.   Bob Woodruff:  Trying to get into Baghdad and on to Balad, where I was treated and helped and my life was saved.  We were stopped once we landed right in Kirkuk, a northern part of Iraq.  Just as we landed, this huge sandstorm just broke out.  And the whole area was filled with sand.  We could barely see.  We could certainly not take off.  Then we were supposed to leave there after 15 minutes.  Instead, we had to sleep over last night.  So, we're not even able to get — because it was still dangerous, we — we actually left the country of Iraq completely.  Right now, in the C-17, about 35,000 feet in the air with Chairman Mullen, the chief of staff, now traveling over to Afghanistan.  We're moving on to Afghanistan and moving to a whole other set of stories.  Hopefully, some time, we'll be able to get back to Iraq.     Chris Cuomo:  Was it important to you just to be back on the ground in Iraq, and say that I've made it back?  Bob Woodruff:  Part of me is really sad by it.  Certainly, it's a very emotional time.  But, you know, I think that the hope is, the dream is, that I will go back there — maybe soon, maybe a month later, maybe a year from now.  But I do want to go back.  I really wish this had not happened, that the sandstorm had not stopped us.  I wanted to come back and — we're not able to see much of anything.  But we know that the danger zone, that the violence is way down. There's a lot more hope that this country will return.  And certainly a lot of the people, the insurgents who were fighting against the United States and other foreign countries for so long have now calmed down.  They still exist, but the country has hugely changed since that day, January 29th, 2006, when the insurgents nailed us. Chris Cuomo:  Well you're breaking ground all the time, my friend. Thank you for the report.  Please stay safe.  We look forward to much more to come. Bob Woodruff:  Thanks, Chris, appreciate it.

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