Mazen al-Tumeizi

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Mazen al-Tumeizi, a reporter for Al-Arabiya television, was killed
after a U.S. helicopter fired missiles and machine guns to destroy
a disabled American vehicle, international news reports said. Seif
Fouad, a camera operator for Reuters Television, and Ghaith Abdul
Ahad, a freelance photographer working for Getty Images, were wounded
in the strike.

That day at dawn, fighting erupted on Haifa Street in the center of
Baghdad, a U.S. Bradley armored vehicle caught fire, and its four
crew members were evacuated with minor injuries, according to news
reports. As a crowd gathered, one or more U.S. helicopters opened

Video aired by Al-Arabiya showed that al-Tumeizi was preparing a report
nearby when an explosion behind him caused him to double over and
scream, “I’m dying, I’m dying.” He died moments later, the Dubai-based
station reported.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Steven Boylan told The Associated Press
that a U.S. helicopter fired on the disabled Bradley vehicle to prevent
looters from stripping it.

But Reuters quoted a statement from the military that presented a
different account. “As the helicopters flew over the burning Bradley
they received small-arms fire from the insurgents in vicinity of the
vehicle,” the statement said. “Clearly within the rules of engagement,
the helicopters returned fire, destroying some anti-Iraqi forces in
the vicinity of the Bradley.”