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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-01-05 05:17 PM
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53. He reported on Iraqi Death Squads
The good doctor also sounds like he was a good journalist -- a loss for all who believe in Democracy.



Journalist killed after investigating US-backed death squads in Iraq

By James Cogan
1 July 2005
World Socialists Web Site

On June 24, Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the news agency Knight Ridder, was killed by a single bullet to the head as he approached a checkpoint that had been thrown up near his home in western Baghdad by US and Iraqi troops. It is believed that the shot was fired by an American sniper. According to eyewitnesses, no warning shots were fired.

The US military has announced it is conducting an investigation into Salihees killing. Knight Ridder has already declared, however, that theres no reason to think that the shooting had anything to do with his reporting work. In fact, his last assignment gives reason to suspect that it was.

Over the past month, Salihee had been gathering evidence that US-backed Iraqi forces have been carrying out extra-judicial killings of alleged members and supporters of the anti-occupation resistance. His investigation followed a feature in the New York Times magazine in May, detailing how the US military had modeled the Iraqi interior ministry police commandos, known as the Wolf Brigade, on the death squads unleashed in the 1980s to crush the left-wing insurgency in El Salvador.

The Wolf Brigade was recruited by US operatives and the US-installed interim government headed by Iyad Allawi during 2004. A majority of its officers and personnel served in Saddam Husseins special forces and Republican Guardveterans of killings, torture and repression. The unit has been used against the resistance in rebellious cities such as Mosul and Samarra, and, over the past six weeks, has played a prominent role in the massive crackdown ordered by the Iraqi government in Baghdad codenamed Operation Lightning.

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http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/jul2005/iraq-j01.shtm...



Gee. There was that one producer at CNN who got canned for stating the USA was targeting journalists. Bet he's thinking he's lucky all he lost was his life.
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