Sunday, October 14, 2007

WaPo Correspondent Shot in the Head & Killed

The Washington Post reports that a veteran correspondent with the newspaper was shot and killed earlier today in Iraq.

Salih Saif Aldin, 32, was reporting on the violence that has plagued Baghdad's Sadiyah neighborhood Sunday afternoon when he was shot in the forehead. According to residents of the neighborhood and the Iraqi military officers at the scene, he was taking photographs on a street where several houses had been burned when he was killed. His wounds appeared to indicate he was shot at close range.

"Courageous beyond imagination, Salih was determined to unveil the truth," said Sudarsan Raghavan, The Post's Baghdad bureau chief. "He was instrumental to The Post's coverage of Iraq. He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues."
Although as many as 118 journalists have been killed in the Middle East conflict, the Post writes that Aldin is the first reporter for the Post to die.

Perhaps conservative gorgan Ann Coulter would now like to rethink how Baghdad is "just like Los Angeles, with the Crips and the Bloods." Can't recall any gangbanger killing a journalist with a bullet to the head in the City of Angels.

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