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Thu Dec 26, 2013, 01:38 PM

Killed Reuters Photographer Tried to Join Al Qaeda

Among the roughly 300 killed during intense fighting in Aleppo was Molhem Barakat, a Reuters photographer. Barakat's death last Friday, in the indiscriminate barrage on Aleppo that the White House criticized Monday, has raised serious questions about Reuters' hiring practice.

Hannah Lucinda Smith, a British freelance photojournalist and acquaintance of Barakat, writes that Barakat tried to join Al Qaeda.

According to Smith, Barakat wanted to join the terrorist organization for the 11,000 Syrian lira monthly salary. "It is a pitiful wage for a potential suicide bomber, but enough to tempt an eighteen-year-old stuck in a war zone with no job."

Barakat reportedly told Smith the terrorist group probably wouldn't accept him, saying "I'm too liberal. But maybe they’ll think I’ll be useful to them, because I can still go into regime areas so I could transport weapons there for them.”

Barakat was roughly 17 when he started working for Reuters in battle zones, according to an Honest Reporting article on Monday. His age was not included in the Reuters report of his death.

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Jesus Malverde Dec 2013 OP
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2013 #1
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2013 #2
Jesus Malverde Dec 2013 #3
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2013 #4
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2013 #5
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2013 #6

Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 01:42 PM

1. Died trying to help Al Qaeda. That's a shame.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 01:46 PM

2. Wanted to join and helping are different

And it was due to the money. The WH did not understand this, Reuters pays a pittance. He was not staff, but a freelancer. FYI, they pay a pittance to freelancers in the states too, all do.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 01:56 PM

3. A second gig so to speak... like babysitting, mowing lawns, or computer work...nt

Ok

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 01:58 PM

4. I am just pointing out that in war zones

Who joins what is partly economics.

In the Central American wars some of the Contras were impressed, others joined due to the pay. For a peasant it was excellent pay. This is not new.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 03:00 PM

5. True enough. But you're still dead if the other side shoots you.

That's what happens in wars, civil or otherwise.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 26, 2013, 03:58 PM

6. Absolutely, wars are not adventures

They're horror shows.

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