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Jazeera Newsman Killed in Clashes in Iraq
Reuters ^ | 5/21/04

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aljazeera; iraq; jazeera; journalists; warcorrespondents
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1 posted on 05/21/2004 5:47:12 AM PDT by TexKat
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To: TexKat

Investigation conclusions...He was with the militants and we shot him/s


2 posted on 05/21/2004 5:49:37 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: TexKat

When it comes to Al Jazeera, this is a damned good start. But only a start.


3 posted on 05/21/2004 5:50:04 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: TexKat
The Qatar-based news network also demanded the U.S. Army conduct a full and quick investigation...

The US responded for Al Jazeera to eat sh** out of a camel's butt.

4 posted on 05/21/2004 5:50:40 AM PDT by theDentist (John Kerry never saw a TAX he wouldn't HIKE !!!)
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To: MarineDad

Im deeply deeply deeply saddened


5 posted on 05/21/2004 5:50:52 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: TexKat

Note to wartime journalists...your job is risky.

Hint: Do not embed with the losing side.


6 posted on 05/21/2004 5:51:07 AM PDT by rbmillerjr ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike off their heads” Surat Mohammed:4)
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To: TexKat
Awwwww........ what a shame.
Only 1.
7 posted on 05/21/2004 5:51:24 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: TexKat

Yes Virginia, there is an Allah. Allah Akbar!! Well, it's a good start anyway ;-)


8 posted on 05/21/2004 5:52:21 AM PDT by pookie18
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To: TexKat

Im all broke up!


9 posted on 05/21/2004 5:53:14 AM PDT by mystery-ak (*They are all Pat Tillman's*........Rush)
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To: TexKat

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.


10 posted on 05/21/2004 5:53:32 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are good examples of why some animals eat their young.)
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To: theDentist

Isn't that a delicacy for Al Jazeera newsmen?


11 posted on 05/21/2004 5:53:56 AM PDT by verity (The Liberal Media is America's Enemy)
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12 posted on 05/21/2004 5:55:08 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: verity

Well, I know that's a source for many of their reports...


13 posted on 05/21/2004 5:55:19 AM PDT by theDentist (John Kerry never saw a TAX he wouldn't HIKE !!!)
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To: MEG33

I'm sure the cameraman was only trying to shoot a US soldier.

Nothing to see here. Move on.


14 posted on 05/21/2004 5:55:37 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: TexKat

Does he get his 72 virgins?


15 posted on 05/21/2004 5:55:54 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: theDentist

A news source and a food source. lol


16 posted on 05/21/2004 5:57:11 AM PDT by verity (The Liberal Media is America's Enemy)
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To: 2banana

Well, sort of...see reply #4 for more details.


17 posted on 05/21/2004 5:57:31 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: TexKat

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.


18 posted on 05/21/2004 5:57:41 AM PDT by jwpjr
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To: TexKat
" The father of six was killed "

There's a silk lining in every cloud as they say. The only cloud I could find here was he'd been busy procreating.

19 posted on 05/21/2004 6:00:01 AM PDT by rageaholic
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To: TexKat

Good shooting. Now see if they can nail some Reuters correspondents...


20 posted on 05/21/2004 6:01:54 AM PDT by Little Ray (John Ffing sKerry: Just a gigolo!)
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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)

21 posted on 05/21/2004 6:02:11 AM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: theDentist
The Qatar-based news network also demanded the U.S. Army conduct a full and quick investigation...

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.

22 posted on 05/21/2004 6:02:27 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: TexKat

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


23 posted on 05/21/2004 6:04:34 AM PDT by MJY1288 (Our Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed Have Yet to be Visited by John Kerry. What's he Afraid of?)
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To: TexKat
The Arab satellite station said one of its employees had been shot in his hotel...

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.

24 posted on 05/21/2004 6:06:59 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: TexKat

I wonder if al-jazeera is handing out press credentials to terrorists... they're such an "unbiased" organization. ;)


25 posted on 05/21/2004 6:07:27 AM PDT by grimalkin ("There are some desires that are not desirable." - G.K. Chesterton)
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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)

26 posted on 05/21/2004 6:13:15 AM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat
Shot in the left eye.. his right eye was covered by a lens. This is a blatant accident in the fog of war... so sorry ass####!
27 posted on 05/21/2004 6:16:34 AM PDT by primatreat (Go mac and you will never go back!)
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To: TexKat

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

Lie down with terrorists, wake up dead.


28 posted on 05/21/2004 6:21:09 AM PDT by dinasour
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To: TexKat

I am deeply saddened, deeply saddened.


29 posted on 05/21/2004 6:24:13 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: primatreat

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.




30 posted on 05/21/2004 6:24:51 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Only difference between the liberals and the Nazis is that the liberals love the Communists.)
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To: ChromeDome

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.


31 posted on 05/21/2004 6:25:03 AM PDT by ChromeDome
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To: TexKat
Every death of an Arab is accompanied by photos of extreme grief. Yet, they sure do seem to do a lot of killing for a culture that is so upset by death.

Strange somehow.

32 posted on 05/21/2004 6:26:01 AM PDT by been_lurking
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To: TexKat
INTER WAR-ZONE MEMO

FM: Department of Defense

TO: Al Jazeera

RE: Sudden Career Opportunity For Another "Journalist"

DT: 5/21/04

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.

ZZZZZZZZZZ

Regards from President Bush

The Pentagon

33 posted on 05/21/2004 6:31:52 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: TexKat
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.

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.

34 posted on 05/21/2004 6:32:17 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: TexKat

Aw jeez, I'm all broken up.


35 posted on 05/21/2004 6:33:48 AM PDT by Marauder (Liberal democRats use words the way a squid uses ink.)
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To: b4its2late
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.

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

36 posted on 05/21/2004 6:34:01 AM PDT by Fifth Business
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I understand your point, but Al Jazeera is in fact aiding the enemy and the journalist was in fact not a neutral civilian.


37 posted on 05/21/2004 6:37:00 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: ChromeDome

Bingo. Sniper 'overwatch' at work.


38 posted on 05/21/2004 6:39:00 AM PDT by Tallguy (Surviving in PA....thats the "other PA"...Pennsylvania.)
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To: MEG33
"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.

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.

39 posted on 05/21/2004 6:39:52 AM PDT by BrooklynGOP (www.logicandsanity.com)
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To: TexKat

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."


40 posted on 05/21/2004 6:40:39 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: BrooklynGOP
"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."

Always a smart idea in the middle of an urban fire fight. Clearly someone earned his marksmanship medal.

41 posted on 05/21/2004 6:42:21 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: TexKat

There's a little good in every one.


42 posted on 05/21/2004 6:42:23 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: TexKat
Correction: Arab channel Al Jazeera said on Friday one of its henchmen was killed overnight in clashes between U.S. forces and militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
43 posted on 05/21/2004 6:43:10 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: TexKat

And another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust...


44 posted on 05/21/2004 6:46:17 AM PDT by Godfollow
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To: TexKat

Jazeera Newsman?? Which one - Brokaw, Jennings, or Rather??


45 posted on 05/21/2004 6:46:57 AM PDT by Thom Pain (Quisling - from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a synonym for "traitor")
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To: MEG33

Report of in depth investigation: Yep, he's dead alright.


46 posted on 05/21/2004 6:49:52 AM PDT by katana
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To: finnman69

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.


47 posted on 05/21/2004 6:50:07 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Only difference between the liberals and the Nazis is that the liberals love the Communists.)
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To: finnman69

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?


48 posted on 05/21/2004 6:51:02 AM PDT by burndoubt
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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.


49 posted on 05/21/2004 6:53:38 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: TexKat
"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,""

Hmmmm, why no demand for an investigation of Al-Sadr's "Mehdi Army?"

Al-Jazeera's Watchword:

All the Facts That Fit, Smothered in a Garnish of Richly Imaginative Fables.

ooops.

50 posted on 05/21/2004 7:00:35 AM PDT by cookcounty (LBJ sent him to VN. Nixon expressed him home. And JfK's too dumb to tell them apart!)
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