Andrew North has been appointed as BBC Baghdad correspondent and will begin his new job early in the New Year.
Andrew has worked for the BBC for nine years and has wide experience of the Middle East and Islamic world.
Since January 2004, he has been the BBC correspondent in Afghanistan, reporting from across the country and covering both the presidential and parliamentary elections.
"Frying pan and fire is something many people have said to me since getting the job," he says.
"But time in Afghanistan is also good preparation for Iraq. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Andrew has previous experience of reporting from Iraq, including when Saddam Hussein was in power.
He covered the invasion in 2003 as an embedded journalist with United States forces and has returned to the country several times since.