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Samya Kullab named AP Iraq correspondent

, by Patrick Maks

Veteran journalist Samya Kullab has been named Iraq correspondent for The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced Sunday by Middle East News Director Karin Laub.

Kullab, who is based in AP’s Baghdad bureau, has covered the Middle East since 2013 and brings deep experience and detailed knowledge of Iraq that will help anchor the news cooperative’s coverage of the country.

AP Iraq correspondent Samya Kullab. (AP Photo)

Previously, Kullab, 31, served as senior correspondent for Iraq Oil Report, where she produced in-depth coverage of the country’s energy, political and security dynamics. She reported on fraud allegations that tainted the May 2018 federal election, rampant oil smuggling in Kirkuk and Basra, and the ongoing post-IS insurgency in northern Iraq. 

Prior to Iraq Oil Report, Kullab worked as a freelance journalist covering migration, security and politics across the Middle East for several international news organizations.

For three years she covered the spillover from the war in Syria, including the refugee crisis, border security and terrorism.

In 2017, she reported on the Rohingya crisis and the trafficking of migrant workers in Bangladesh.

Kullab studied at the University of Toronto, majoring in political science, philosophy and theater.