Skip to comments.Jazeera Newsman Killed in Clashes in Iraq
Posted on 05/21/2004 5:47:11 AM PDT by TexKat
DUBAI, Reuters (Reuters) - Arab channel Al Jazeera said on Friday one of its employees was killed overnight in clashes between U.S. forces and militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
The Qatar-based news network also demanded the U.S. Army conduct a full and quick investigation into the death of 38-year-old Rashid Hamid Wali.
The father of six was killed while Al Jazeera was filming fighting in the southern city of Kerbala where U.S. forces are battling to put down a weeks-old rebellion by Sadr's militia.
"Al Jazeera announces with a heavy heart the death of Rashid Hamid Wali, a member of its team covering events in Kerbala. Rashid died as a result of a bullet that hit him in the left eye, exiting the back of the head," a statement said.
"The fateful incident took place while Al Jazeera's team, positioned on the rooftop of their hotel, was covering fierce fighting between U.S. forces and the Mehdi Army," a network statement said.
"Wali was hit by a single bullet when he stuck his head out from the rooftop of the hotel, looking down on the street, after hearing the sound of U.S. armored vehicles moving."
It said it had no details about the source of the bullet but added witnesses showed newsmen samples of the bullets that hit the area.
"Al Jazeera asks the U.S. occupying forces and the temporary Iraqi Governing Council to carry a quick, official and full investigation to find out the facts," it added.
The channel showed footage of Wali's young son, family and colleagues crying as they received the news.
Twenty-eight journalists have died covering the war and its aftermath since the United States and its coalition partners invaded in March 2003 to oust President Saddam Hussein.
The Arab channel, which has angered Washington for its graphic coverage of the war and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, lost one of its correspondents, Tareq Ayoub, in April 2003 when U.S. forces fired at Jazeera offices in Baghdad.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said this month Iraqi journalists were playing a larger role in covering the U.S.-led war and were frequently harassed, threatened and attacked by occupation troops and insurgents.
Iraqi journalists were critical to reporting uprisings in the restive Sunni town of Falluja west of Baghdad and the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf in April, CPJ said. The cities were considered too dangerous for Western journalists, especially nationals of countries in the U.S.-led coalition.
CPJ said that nearly all of the journalists killed in 2003 were foreign correspondents from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany, the United States and other countries.
This year, 12 of the 14 journalists killed were Iraqis, while six Iraqi media workers were also killed.
Investigation conclusions...He was with the militants and we shot him/s
When it comes to Al Jazeera, this is a damned good start. But only a start.
The US responded for Al Jazeera to eat sh** out of a camel's butt.
Im deeply deeply deeply saddened
Note to wartime journalists...your job is risky.
Hint: Do not embed with the losing side.
Yes Virginia, there is an Allah. Allah Akbar!! Well, it's a good start anyway ;-)
Im all broke up!
The only pictures that I have seen from the roof tops always show the enemy fighters carrying AK47s or rocket propelled grenades, sneaking from roof top to roof top looking for ways to attack our brave troops. Obviously, this guy was with the bad guys and when you're with them in that environment, you might just end up with a similar fate.
Isn't that a delicacy for Al Jazeera newsmen?
Well, I know that's a source for many of their reports...
I'm sure the cameraman was only trying to shoot a US soldier.
Nothing to see here. Move on.
Does he get his 72 virgins?
A news source and a food source. lol
Well, sort of...see reply #4 for more details.
I am much more troubled by the death of a reporter/photographer from either side as the other side is troubled by the death of anyone who gets in their way. This is one of the risks of being in a combat zone. I find pretty curious that this press agency manages to be at so many firefights and almost always in the area of the enemy. The lesson here is that as a combat photographer you have a dangerous job. Keep your head down! My sincerest sympathy to his wife and children. No family deserves to lose their husband/father. Hopefully they can take some comfort in the fact he died doing what he liked to do. I can't imagine he would have been in place had he not agreed to the assignment.
There's a silk lining in every cloud as they say. The only cloud I could find here was he'd been busy procreating.
Good shooting. Now see if they can nail some Reuters correspondents...
Journalists of the al-Jazeera TV channel carry the coffin of their killed colleague Rashid Hamid Wali through the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 21, 2004. The Arab satellite station said one of its employees had been shot in his hotel in the southern city of Karbala late Thursday, during a battle between US forces and militiamen loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
We have concluded we made a mistake in judging wind velocity causing him to be hit in the eye instead of directly between the eyes.
We apologize and will continue to practice on heads that pop up until this does not happen again.
Note to Al Jazeera Reporters: Poking your head up from a rooftop when American forces are advancing can be hazardous to your health or get you dead, graveyard dead
Dadgummit! Can't these cursed sandmaggots get their story straight? The original article clearly indicated that the goofball was shot in the eye, and the bullet exited the rear of his head. Which should be enough in and of itself to qualify him as a mullah, by the way.
I wonder if al-jazeera is handing out press credentials to terrorists... they're such an "unbiased" organization. ;)
Journalists of the al-Jazeera TV channel react as the coffin of their killed colleague Rashid Hamid Wali is carried through the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 21, 2004. The Arab satellite station said one of its employees had been shot in his hotel in the southern city of Karbala late Thursday, during a battle between US forces and militiamen loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
Lie down with terrorists, wake up dead.
I am deeply saddened, deeply saddened.
A journalist died. Whether a journalist from the bad guys or good guys is irrelevant. He was shot and he died.
It is always a bad thing when civilians become part of the war. We are out to kill bad guys. They are out to kill us. You get in the middle of that, you take a risk. He took a risk and he paid for it with his life.
No investigation needs to be conducted. He is a casualty of war. Mourn him and move on.
As a side note, It really isn't right to make fun of him or degrade him. Doing that places us at the same level as DU'ers.
I won't sink that low. Neither should any of you.
If I were a US sniper/countersniper and I saw someone poke their head up on a roof with something on their shoulder (RPG?) and point it towards a friendly tank, I don't think I'd hesitate much.
FM: Department of Defense
TO: Al Jazeera
RE: Sudden Career Opportunity For Another "Journalist"
The results of our investigation revealed that your "journalist" was on the side of the bad guys during an attack against the good guys. His actions were of a highly suspicious nature. One of our snipers terminated him, his camera, and his career. If your "journalists" choose to embed with terrorists, they will experience embedded bullets. That is all.
Regards from President Bush
Complete the sentence
The Qatar-based news network also demanded the U.S. Army conduct a full and quick investigation into the death of 38-year-old Rashid Hamid Wali, who was waiting for the militant ambush to develop.
Aw jeez, I'm all broken up.
Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.
I understand your point, but Al Jazeera is in fact aiding the enemy and the journalist was in fact not a neutral civilian.
Bingo. Sniper 'overwatch' at work.
Here are the facts:
"The fateful incident took place while Al Jazeera's team, positioned on the rooftop of their hotel, was covering fierce fighting between U.S. forces and the Mehdi Army," a network statement said. "Wali was hit by a single bullet when he stuck his head out from the rooftop of the hotel, looking down on the street, after hearing the sound of U.S. armored vehicles moving." Case closed.
Al Jazeera reports U.S. Army Col. Hymie Greenbergstein, from Roslyn NY said "we were so badly outnumbered we ended up lobbing grenaded and tank fire at residential buildings, orphanages and hospitals."
Always a smart idea in the middle of an urban fire fight. Clearly someone earned his marksmanship medal.
There's a little good in every one.
And another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust...
Jazeera Newsman?? Which one - Brokaw, Jennings, or Rather??
Report of in depth investigation: Yep, he's dead alright.
Not so sure about that. He gives the station the information and they put it on the air after filtering it.
Even so, his weapon was a camera and not an AK. Unless we are making some statement to Al Jazeira that if they continue to report garbage their journalists cannot be assusred of their safety, then all I can ascertain is that this was an accident.
Ditto, not only is Al Jazeera aiding the enemy...is there any hope that Sean Penn, Dan Rather-biased, Peter Jennings or other human shields might poke their heads up over there?
Oh please, how often do you think he covers US Soldiers repairing schools or providing medical aid to Iraqis. I would bet 1 million new Iraqi Dinars al Jizz gives their reporters standing orders to find wounded Iraqis, carnage and anythign elese that makes the US look bad.
Hmmmm, why no demand for an investigation of Al-Sadr's "Mehdi Army?"
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