AP Via ABC: Two Iraqi ABC News broadcast journalists were killed in Iraq, ABC News President David Westin announced this morning. Cameraman Alaa Ul
May 17, 2007

AP Via ABC:

Two Iraqi ABC News broadcast journalists were killed in Iraq, ABC News President David Westin announced this morning.

Cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, 33, and soundman Saif Laith Yousuf, 26, were returning home from work at the ABC News Baghdad bureau yesterday afternoon when their car was reportedly ambushed and they were killed by unknown assailants.

On "Good Morning America" this morning, ABC's Terry McCarthy said that Aziz and Yousuf were traveling home when they were stopped by two cars full of gunmen and forced to exit their car. The two were unaccounted for overnight and their deaths were confirmed this morning, McCarthy said.

"They are really our eyes and ears in Iraq," McCarthy said of the contribution each made to ABC News. "Many places in Baghdad are just too dangerous for foreigners to go now, so we have Iraqi camera crews who very bravely go out … without them we are blind, we cannot see what's going on." Read more...

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 102 journalists have died in Iraq since 2003, not including the two mentioned in this story.

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