May 4, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq
Abdul-Wahab, 36, a freelance journalist and contributor to
the Muraslon news site, was shot
and killed while resisting abduction in the Al-Bakr area of
"We were going shopping when two men in a white car stopped and asked my daughter to get in the car, and when she refused, they started dragging and forcing her to ride in the car," said Amira Wasfi, the journalist's mother. "I was screaming and shouting to leave her alone. They hit me on my head with the end of a machine gun and I fell on the street." When Abdul-Wahab resisted, the men shot her in the leg and then in the head, the mother said. "The neighbors were there watching, but nobody helped me save my daughter," Wasfi said.
A few weeks prior to the killing, Abdul-Wahab received a threatening phone call from a group calling itself the "Islamic State of Iraq" asking her "to quit her activities or else," according to Muraslon Editor-in-Chief Mohamed al-Jebori, whom she had told about the threats.
Abdul-Wahab, who for safety reasons wrote under the pen name Sarwa Darweesh, published critical articles about Iraqi insurgent groups. In an April 24 story on Muraslon's Web site, she discussed efforts by insurgents to intimidate drivers working for a cement factory in Mosul.
An April 26 piece called on the people of
Yasir al-Hamadani, head of the
Ibrahim al-Saraj, head of the Iraqi Journalists Rights
Defense Association, told CPJ that Abdul-Wahab had reported to him that she had
received threatening phone calls two weeks before she was killed, warning her
to quit her job "or else." He and al-Jebori said they had each advised
Abdul-Wahab to leave
Job: Internet Reporter
Beats Covered: Politics, War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire
Taken Captive: No
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