Cameraman Mustafa Said was killed on August 14, 2016, while covering fighting between Kurdish militias and fighters from the Islamic State group near Mosul. Correspondent Hayman Nanqli was also injured, AFP reported. Both journalists worked for Kurdistan TV, a TV channel owned by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the de facto party of government in northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous ethnic-Kurdish region.
The journalists were covering an offensive by Kurdish forces aimed at recapturing villages from Islamic State control. While reporting in a village that had recently been retaken by Kurdish forces, they were hit by a round of mortar fire which killed Said and injured Nanqli, according to a statement by the KDP.