Sunday, December 15, 2013


Another journalist has been killed in Iraq.  Press TV notes,  "According to local media reports, Nawras al-Nuaimi was shot on Sunday near her home in the Iraqi city of Mosul. She was the fifth journalist killed in the violence-hit city since October."  Mu Xuequan (Xinhua) reports:

Nawras al-Nuaimi, 20, got several shots in the head when gunmen opened fire on her near her house in al-Jazaair neighborhood in eastern Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua.
Nuaimi has been working as a presenter of TV programs in the local Mosuliyah channel for five years, he said, adding that she was the fourth journalist killed in Mosul since October and the 51st in Nineveh province since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

She may actually have been 19 -- Al Rafidayn reports she was born in 1994.  AFP adds that six journalists have been killed in Iraq since October (with five in Mosul) and notes, "On December 5, Kawa Germyani, the editor-in-chief of the news website Rayel and a correspondent for the Kurdish- language newspaper Awene , was killed outside his home in town of Kalar, south of the Kurdish Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah, the Committee to Protect Journalists said."

In other violence, NINA  notes a Baghdad minibus sticky bombing claimed the life of 1 person with six more injured, a Sadr City car bombing claimed 3 lives and left twelve more people injured,  a Mosul roadside bombing claimed 2 lives and left a third injured, a Tuz Khurmatu bombing claimed 1 life and left a woman injured,  a Tikrit armed attack left 3 Iraqi soldiers dead and another injured, a Kesreh car bombing left 1 person dead and two more injured, 1 real estate agent was shot dead in Kirkuk, 2 corpses (police officers) were discovered dumped in Anbar Province, a Saadia home bombing claimed the lives of 5 people1 man was shot dead in Kirkuk and his wife was left injured, a northeastern Baghdad car bombing left four people dead and eleven more injured, a Moqdadiya car bombing left 2 Iraqi soldiers dead and three more injured, a southwestern Baghdad car bombing left nine people injured, and an attack on the Ramadi home of Sheikh Abdul-Malik al-Saadi left no one dead or injured.  The Sheikh, who is part of the ongoing protests, was not home and his house was empty.

I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name

 The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4489.

We're still finishing up at Third. Give it at least 30 more minutes.   I'll probably post late tomorrow morning, FYI.  I've got the flu and if I'm finally done throwing up, I intend to just sleep.

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