03/03/2012 07:15 pm ET Updated May 03, 2012

Bearing Witness in Syria: A War Reporter's Last Days

It was damp and cold as Anthony Shadid and I crossed in darkness over the barbed-wire fence that separated Turkey from Syria last month. We were also crossing from peace into war, into the bloodiest conflict of the Arab Spring, exploding just up the rocky and sparsely wooded mountain we had to climb once inside.

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