"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
A freelance American journalist who wrote about alleged corruption and lawlessness in the Iraqi city of Basra has been abducted at gunpoint and shot dead.
Steven Vincent's body was recovered at the side of a road south of Basra late last night, several hours after he and his female translator were kidnapped as they left a currency exchange shop, within sight of a British military checkpoint.
He had been shot three times in the chest. Nouriya Itais, the translator, who was also his fiancee, was shot four times and seriously wounded, according to a nurse in a Basra hospital.
The news broke hours before 14 US Marines and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in lawless Anbar province in western Iraq.