Caroline Hawley is a BBC News Special Correspondent.
Prior to this, she was based in Iraq following the second Gulf War and later undertook a brief spell in Jerusalem.
Caroline joined the BBC in 1994 as a newsroom journalist for the BBC World Service, before becoming a West Asia and then Africa reporter. She has also worked across the Middle East.
She spent three months in Iraq in the lead-up to the war, before being expelled by the former regime in late 2002. She returned to Baghdad in time to report on the fall of Saddam Hussein’s hometown Tikrit.