Skip to comments.CBS News Team Hit in Baghdad
Posted on 05/29/2006 8:14:56 AM PDT by I still care
CBS/AP) Two London-based members of the CBS News team, veteran cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, were killed and correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39, was seriously injured Monday when the Baghdad military unit in which they were imbedded was attacked. They were reporting on patrol with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when their convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED).
The attack was among a slew of car and roadside bombs left about three dozen people dead before noon Monday, including one explosion that killed 10 people on a bus. Nearly all the attacks occurred in Baghdad.
Dozier and her crew are among the latest American television journalists to become casualties in Iraq. Former ABC News "World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt suffered severe injuries in a roadside bombing in Iraq Jan. 29, 2006. Woodruff is still recovering from serious head injuries and broken bones. Cameraman Vogt has returned home to France for more rehab.
On April 6, 2003, David Bloom, 39, an American journalist for NBC television, embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq died from an apparent blood clot near Baghdad.
All over the region, explosions began just after dawn, with one roadside bomb killing 10 people and injuring another 12 who worked for an Iranian organization opposed to the regime in Iran, police said.
The explosions began just after dawn, with one roadside bomb killing 10 people and injuring another 12 who worked for an Iranian organization opposed to the regime in Iran, police said.
A car bomb parked near Baghdad's main Sunni Abu Hanifa mosque killed at least nine Iraqi civilians and wounded 25, said Saif al-Janabi, director of Noaman hospital. It exploded at noon in north Baghdad's Azamiyah neighborhood and was so powerful it vaporized the vehicle. Rescue crews and Iraqi army soldiers were carrying stretchers toward waiting ambulances, Associated Press TV footage showed.
A bomb planted in a parked minivan killed at least seven and injured at least 20 when it exploded at the entrance to an open-air market selling secondhand clothes in the northern Baghdad suburb of Kazimiyah.
Another parked car bomb exploded near Ibin al-Haitham college in Azamiyah, also in northern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding at least five others - including four Iraqi soldiers, police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammedawi said.
In Baghdad's Tahariyat Square, a parked car bomb targeting an American convoy killed one civilian and injured nine , police Lt. Col. Abbas Mohammed Salman said. It was not known if there were any U.S. casualties, but at least one Humvee was seen on fire.
A second bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol near the square killed one and wounded 10 - including four police.
In other attacks, a roadside bomb killed two police officer and wounded three others in downtown Baghdad's Karradah district, while one man was killed and six were injured when a bomb hidden in a minivan used as a bus exploded.
Another roadside bomb killed two police officer and wounded three others in downtown Baghdad's Karradah district, while one man was killed and six were injured when a bomb hidden in a minivan used as a bus exploded.
The day's most serious attack targeted a public bus near Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad in Diyala province, an area notorious for such attacks, provincial police said.
All the dead were workers at the Ashraf base of the Mujahedeen Khalk, or MEK, which opposes Iran's regime. The group, made up of Iranian dissidents living in Iraq, said the dead were Iraqi workers heading to their camp.
The blast pushed in the side of the white public bus and peppered its blackened side with shrapnel holes. The bus, later inspected by U.S. Army troops, was streaked in blood, Associated Press TV footage showed.
"We were transporting the workers from Baqouba to the Mujahedeen Khalk when the roadside bomb exploded and killed all these people," one man who was on the bus told AP TV.
"As in May 1945, Iraq's tyrant has fallen. But for some, hes a fallen hero.... Iraqis like many Nazi Germans of yesterday, are much like abused children: scarred by the man who was both father figure and Fuhrer. His rules were simple. Obey (or follow orders), and he would provide jobs, food rations, electricity and security. Rebel, and punishment was merciless. But Saddam Hussein like Hitler also gave his citizens dignity and pride. Saddam became a symbol of defiance across the Arab world, never backing down from a fight....Those who loved him and those who hated him still cant separate the man from the country in their minds. For many, his humiliation is their own.
They should immediately inform the family via the TV and grant no time for proper protocol on causality notification to take place.
Some other news agency should now talk to the family and see if they can instigate something. Maybe CBS is covering something up, lying or whatever? Create "conflict", after all that sells well. They should stir up doubt in the family right now.
She should stick cameras and microphones up the families butt! Even at the burial they should "sensationalize" and report about it. Nothing should be private anymore.
They need to speculate now! Sure, why not? Did the crew have the right body armor? Was CBS to cheap to supply them with better body armor? Should the head of CBS resign over this? CBS should have known this was a dangerous mission. Why didnt these camera men have their own special independent armored vehicle that is better suited to deal with IEDs and well marked as press?????????? CBS needs to answer thousands of questions now and the highest authorities within CBS should be held accountable! Why not, thats what they do with our government. Why should Rumsfeld or Bush be responsible for a lack of armored HMMWVs or body armor and CBS not?
-I guess what Im saying is that someone should treat CBS the same way they treat others.
Prayers on the way for their souls, and for the comfort and consolation of their friends and family. Prayers that the injured be healed quickly and completely.
There is no safe place for journalists in Iraq. They should all be removed.
Reporters hurt make sit 'real' to the drive-by-media!
Funny- I was just wondering about you the other day- haven't seen you "around"...hope you're loving the job..good to see you!
Remarkable that just journalists were casualties.
It would be just, if not merciful, if she got the treatment from the press as did Vietnam veterans:
I don't know if CBS can continue to employ her. She may suffer from some form of post traumatic stress syndrome - she may be mentally unstable. Maybe she's doing drugs. Perhaps she is just too much of a risk to have around.
Embedded doesnt mean they agree with our troops. If you talk to family of soldiers serving in Iraq they will tell you things like this.
Posted by armymarinemom
I can believe it. All three of my sons have had to deal some being embedded. They tried their best not to talk to them. The comments I posted are just a small sample. You can't put into words to look of disgust on their face when they talk about reporters.
It's really an odd situation. When they find out that I have sons serving we usually trade stories about dealing with the media down range and on the home front. A lot of them have asked how hard it has been dealing with stories about Cindy Sheehan during the last few months. A lot have asked how bad listening to the news really upset us. It seems as if they are getting a pulse on family responses before they spend time with their own families when they get home.
I have openly asked them how the media seeks out a negative response from a Marine, or Soldier. I have also asked them if they felt more at risk with a reporter near them. The answers to those questions are just what you would expect. The media looks for troops having a bad day and they feel more at risk with a reporter near them.
A few opinions shared by the troops both going over and coming home.
* I have asked my Mom not to watch any news while I am gone; Moms worry enough without having to listen to that garbage.
* I try to avoid reporters. If you don't talk to them they can't twist your words.
* They only use the quotes from someone having a bad day or the one guy with a bad attitude.
* We can be at a scene and return to base only to hear CNN multiply the numbers of injured in initial reports.
* I worry just as much about my family hearing only media spin as I do my own safety while I'm downrange.
* What? A reporter here? I need to go outside for a smoke.
* They are as much fun as the wacky professors on campus.
Terrorists continue to blow up mosques and it's no big deal.
Some terrorist just claim an American soldier looked cross-eyed at a mosque and they're strung up in the media.
May Kim Jong Mentall Ill's agents kindnap them and make them teach English to North Korean spies. Ops, I forgot. All he'd have to do is ask and they'd do it.
Read my post #92
Agree with you. I'd love to askj them all the questions thay ask the military and with the same snotty condescending attitude.
Our period of calm we enjoyed recently has ended. It's been pretty active around town today.
I hate it when anybody gets hit in these explosions and firefights, but it's especially tough when it's our troops..
Embedded at this point means they are willing to risk their lives. I can't think of anything more American than risking your life for something you believe in, even if you are wrong.
If you talk to family of soldiers serving in Iraq they will tell you things like this.
I have family and friends serving, too. The msm are scum, but at least these folks put their lives where their mouths are.
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