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Drew Brown

Drew Brown is a senior trainer at Global Journalist Security, and a freelance writer and photojournalist who covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for Knight Ridder Newspapers from 2001 to 2003, and for Stars and Stripes from 2007 to 2010. He served as an airborne infantryman with the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment from 1989 to 1993, and is a combat veteran of Operation Just Cause, the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama.

Journalists ride in an army soldiers' carrier to the front line during clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters on August 24, 2013. (Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri)

In recent years, Arab journalists have been taking great risks to report important stories in a region where war and civil unrest remain an ever-present threat. Many are operating without proper equipment or safety training in how to recognize and mitigate the various risks they face.

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