I'm Baghdad Bureau Chief for Agence France-Presse (AFP), the world's oldest and one of the biggest international news agencies.

I'm trying to get better at photography and multimedia, so have started a blog chronicling my efforts, and can also be found on Twitter.

Any opinions expressed here are my own.

 

He won a silver medal for Iraq at the 2012 Paralympics - now he is back to working at his family’s vegetable stall

He won a silver medal for Iraq at the 2012 Paralympics - now he is back to working at his family’s vegetable stall

The sun sets in Wasit province, south of Baghdad, Iraq

The sun sets in Wasit province, south of Baghdad, Iraq

Journalists set up for the Baghdad launch of the IEA’s Iraq Energy Outlook (Taken with Instagram)

Journalists set up for the Baghdad launch of the IEA’s Iraq Energy Outlook (Taken with Instagram)

China: Playing cards with the likeness of Jordan, Lebron, Osama bin Laden and Gadhafi (Taken with Instagram)

China: Playing cards with the likeness of Jordan, Lebron, Osama bin Laden and Gadhafi (Taken with Instagram)

Back of movie ticket in Beijing says ‘The Diaoyu Islands are China’s!’ (Taken with Instagram)

Back of movie ticket in Beijing says ‘The Diaoyu Islands are China’s!’ (Taken with Instagram)

Chinese soldiers march down the street near the Lamma Temple, central Beijing (Taken with Instagram)

Chinese soldiers march down the street near the Lamma Temple, central Beijing (Taken with Instagram)

Workers put up red lanterns near the Lamma Temple, central Beijing (Taken with Instagram)

Workers put up red lanterns near the Lamma Temple, central Beijing (Taken with Instagram)

The North Cathedral, or the Cathedral Of Our Saviour, in central Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

The North Cathedral, or the Cathedral Of Our Saviour, in central Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Crazy view from a friend’s apartment in central Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Crazy view from a friend’s apartment in central Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

A construction worker tears an ‘Art Warehouse’ apart near Liangmaqiao, Beijing (Taken with Instagram)

A construction worker tears an ‘Art Warehouse’ apart near Liangmaqiao, Beijing (Taken with Instagram)

Eerily quiet at Chaoyang Park, Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Eerily quiet at Chaoyang Park, Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Chinese workers ready dozens of red lamps for the upcoming October holiday in central Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Chinese workers ready dozens of red lamps for the upcoming October holiday in central Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Chinese men play ping pong in the basement of a Beijing flower market. (Taken with Instagram)

Chinese men play ping pong in the basement of a Beijing flower market. (Taken with Instagram)

Cycling through Beijing’s embassy district at night (Taken with Instagram)

Cycling through Beijing’s embassy district at night (Taken with Instagram)

Multicoloured dumplings at Bao Yuan - my favourite food and restaurant in Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)

Multicoloured dumplings at Bao Yuan - my favourite food and restaurant in Beijing. (Taken with Instagram)