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Photo Credit: Courtesy The Associated Press

ALAA ABDUL-KARIM AL-FARTOOSI

News Organization: AL-FORAT

Died: 2008

Location: IRAQ

War: IRAQ WAR

Al-Fartoosi, a television cameraman, was traveling with three colleagues en route to Samarra to do a story on the anniversary of the bombing of a revered mosque when a roadside bomb ripped through their car, killing al-Fartoosi and the driver and injuring a reporter and a second cameraman. The television station they worked for is run by a Shi'ite political party. Al-Fartoosi was the first journalist to be killed in Iraq in 2008. He was 29, married and the father of two children.