Thursday, June 30, 2005

Iraq - US Troops Shot Journalist Claim

Knight Ridder accuses US troops of killing one of their journalist but offer absolutely no proof.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for Knight Ridder, was shot to death in Baghdad last Friday.

The shot appears to have been fired by a U.S. military sniper, though there were Iraqi soldiers in the area who also may have been shooting at the time.

Appears to whom? And just who were the Iraqi soldiers shooting at - terrorists? Were there terrorists shooting back?

Witnesses at the scene have offered conflicting accounts of what happened.

So, why does it "appear" to KR that US troops shot him?

An early report said Salihee was shot by a passing U.S. convoy when he failed to heed hand signals or shouts from soldiers. That later turned out to be untrue.

But since Linda Foley and Eason Jordan say US troops target journalists, it had to have been US troops.

The incident is still under investigation and will have to wait and see what that reveals. But it's clear that Foley's and Jordan's unsubstantiated claims have found traction in media organizations like KR.

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