Palestinian Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana, 43, was shot and killed on Sunday while filming near a U.S.-run prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. Witnesses said he was shot by soldiers on an American tank from close range.
“Army soldiers engaged an individual they thought was aiming an RPG at them. It turned out to be a Reuters cameraman,” Navy Capt. Frank Thorp, a spokesman for the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told Reuters in Washington.
Following this incident, BNN has recommended to the US military that an additional set of playing cards — similar to those distributed to troops to aid identification of the “Most Wanted” members of the former Ba’athist regime — should be distributed to American troops to help them distinguish between some of the more difficult-to-identify items that people carry in Iraq.
Our first set of two cards will hopefully prevent a reoccurance of the incident that resulted in the death of Dana.
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