Deborah Haynes gets upgraded

Times newspaper reporter Deborah Haynes blogs about the rigmarole associated with getting flights in Iraq as she seeks out the ‘Freedom Express’ on a mission to Mosul only to get upgraded to cockpit class,

Travelling to northern Iraq for an embed is always a bit of a gamble because there are limited military flights and the weather has a habit of grounding them. Fellow journalists have shared horror stories about being stuck en route for hours, even days, at a remote base called Speicher, waiting for a connection. For me, the tidings for a trip up to Mosul last month were grim from the start. link

Deborah is up the award of Foreign correspondent of the year at the British Press Awards for next month