Sunday, October 14, 2007

Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Reporter Murdered While Covering a Story

Salih Saif Aldin was a veteran Washington Post reporter, working out of the Baghdad bureau.

Sunday afternoon, he was taking photographs and documenting the violence that has plagued Baghdad's Sadiyah neighborhood when he was shot in the forehead at close range and killed. He had left the bureau offices by taxi to conduct interviews in the neighborhood, where militia fighters and insurgents have clashed. About 4:00 p.m. local time, a Post colleague answered the phone at the bureau office; the call came from Saif Aldin's cell phone. The caller identified himself as an Iraqi police officer, and said he was standing over the reporters body.

His death brings to at least 118 the number of journalists who have perished covering the war in Iraq. Nearly 100 of them were Iraqi nationals.

"Courageous beyond imagination, Salih was determined to unveil the truth," said Sudarsan Raghavan, The Post's Baghdad bureau chief. "He was instrumental to The Post's coverage of Iraq. He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues."

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