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Part 10: The Nearness of Death

Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East correspondent, recalls the moment he and his colleagues came under fire from the Israeli Defence Force and his driver was killed.

Jeremy Bowen describes the incident as the worse day of his working life - the day he and his colleagues came under fire from the Israeli Defence Force. Bowen's driver Abed Takkhoush was hit when the crew of an Israeli tank fired a shell across the border wire into Lebanon. It hit the back of his Mercedes taxi while he was sitting in the driver's seat phoning his son. Bowen started reporting on the region in the lead up to the Gulf War back in 1990. Since then, he has witnessed endless wars between individuals, religious groups and full-sized states, jostling for military, political and economic power. He has interviewed dictators, fanatics and fundamentalists as well as the ordinary people caught up in their dangerous games. In that time, the past has always been present, providing motivation and political ammunition.
Produced by Mark Savage and Cara Swift.

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