Iraqi reporter killed as US death toll on the rise
An Iraqi newspaper reporter was abducted while leaving a relative's house in Baghdad and found dead several hours later, his newspaper reported Monday.
The attack on Ali Khalil, 22, took place Sunday in Baiyaa neighborhood in the capital, according to the Azzaman newspaper.
"Khalil was one of the most prominent reporters of the newspaper," the newspaper wrote. "Throughout years of his work, he was known to be keen, committed and hardworking." He is survived by his wife and one-week-old baby, the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, bombings killed seven American troops in Baghdad and a southern city, the U.S. military said Sunday. Six of the soldiers died Saturday in a bombing in western Baghdad, the military said in a statement. Their interpreter was also killed.
The other soldier died in an explosion Saturday in Diwaniyah, a mostly Shiite city 80 miles south of the capita. Two soldiers were wounded in that attack, the military said.
So far, at least 71 U.S. troops have died in Iraq this month.
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