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ABC's Bob Woodruff says he's off to Afghanistan

ABC News anchorman Bob Woodruff was not able to report from Iraq as planned and is now on his way to Afghanistan, according to an on-air conversation he had from a military transport plane with co-anchor Chris Cuomo on Good Morning America Tuesday.

Woodruff, who is traveling with  Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was able to land in Iraq Monday. But a sandstorm prevented him from visiting the frontline medical personnel on whom the ABC anchorman had intended to report, according to what Woodruff told Cuomo.

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The landing marked Woodruff's return to the country where he was seriously injured by a bomb blast in 2006 shortly after he became anchor of World News, the network's signature evening newscast. Charles Gibson now anchors the telecast.

Writing at abcnews.com Monday, Woodruff explained the what he hoped to accomplish with his return to war reporting:

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Read a transcript of Woodruff's conversation with Cuomo here.

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