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August 03, 2005

Iraqi Insurgents kill blogger

From the BBC...

A US freelance reporter, Steven Vincent, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Basra, southern Iraq, police have said.

Mr Vincent was abducted with his female Iraqi translator at gun point by men in a police car on Tuesday.

His bullet-riddled body was found on the side of a highway south of the city a few hours later.

He had been writing a book about the city, where insurgents have recently stepped up their attacks.

Vincent's blog, In the Red Zone, is getting  a sudden boost in traffic. I was wondering what I could do for more traffic, but I think this is a technique I'll leave to others.

Reading his OpEd in the New York Times, I have to wonder if he was killed to stop him from exposing what some of the Iraqis are doing, or was it just random. It a real shame, because it was a very brave thing he was doing over there.

Coverage: Captain's Quarters, Michelle Malkin, PoliPundit, Outside the Beltway, La Shawn Barber, Cao's Blog

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 3, 2005 09:22 AM

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This is just horrible. Surely the truth will be told as to why. I can guarantee you it wasn't random, given what he'd been reporting of late.

I wonder if anyone out there who designs blog banners has thoughts of making one for Steven. I am clueless on this but would certainly present one proudly on my blog.

God bless Steven, his family, and all truth-seeking journalists in harm's way.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at August 3, 2005 12:23 PM

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