Saturday, June 24, 2006

Baghdad Encounter

Reporters Jacki Lyden and John McChesney and producer Emily Ochsenschlager had a brilliant story Friday on NPR's All Things Considered. "Anatomy of a Shooting: A Civilian's Death in Iraq" tells the story of Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi doctor who also translated for NPR and reported for Knight-Ridder newspapers. As he drove through the streets of Baghdad one morning last June, Salihee was shot by Army Sgt. Joe Romero of Lafayette, La. McChesney and Lyden deconstruct the shooting, telling what happened from the viewpoints of Romero's and of Salihee's family. Through the story of this one incident, Lyden and McChesney reveal the frustration and confusion of U.S. troops and the fear and anger of ordinary Iraqis. The Web package includes a link to the official Army report of the shooting, a map of the neighborhood, photos of Salihee and his wife and of his bullet-riddled car, and competing diagrams made by the Army and by Salihee's family.


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