Wali, assistant cameraman and fixer for the Qatar-based satellite
channel Al-Jazeera, was killed by gunfire early in the morning in
the city of Karbala, the station reported.
According to a statement on Al-Jazeera’s Web site, Wali was killed
by a single gunshot to the head when he peered over the edge of the
rooftop of the Khaddam Al-Hussein Hotel, where an Al-Jazeera news
team was covering fighting between U.S. troops and members the Mehdi
Army, which is loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Al-Jazeera said there was “no verifiable information … as to the
source of the bullet.”