Clarissa Ward returns to Syria for first CNN assignment

CNN’s newest senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward, formerly of CBS, made her debut for the network today, returning to Syria. She made her debut this morning on CNN’s New Day.

Before tossing to Ward, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota introduced the network’s newest correspondent. “CNN’s senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward has been on the front lines in northeast Syria; she joins us live from Erbil, Iraq. Clarissa, welcome to CNN and to New Day, it’s great to see you!”

Ward meets with fighters from the Kurdish YPG who are driving out ISIS in the city of Hasakah in northern Syria. This group of lightly armed, poorly equipped fighters are building a huge dirt barrier on their front line to protect themselves from snipers and nighttime attacks by ISIS.

Ward – who joined CNN last month – has made nearly a dozen trips to Syria since the civil war broke out in March 2011.

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