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Mark Urban

Mark Urban
Mark Urban is Newsnight's diplomatic editor.

He came to the programme after being Middle East correspondent for BBC News, a general reporter for Newsnight and defence correspondent of The Independent newspaper.

Before that, he also worked behind the camera as an assistant producer on various programmes.

Mark's years on Newsnight have seen him report on many of the biggest foreign news stories in recent times: the Gulf War; 1991 Coup in Moscow; 1993 events in Moscow; Bosnian war; Middle East peace process; Kosovo war, and the recent US military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He is the author of several books including Big Boys' Rules: The Secret Struggle Against the IRA and UK Eyes Alpha: The Inside Story of British Intelligence.

He has also published works of military history; The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes and Rifles: Six Years With Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters.

He was born in London and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Mark also served in the Army, for nine months as a regular officer and four years in the Territorials.

Watch Mark's landmark report on the US surge in Iraq:

Return to Dora, Baghdad

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