Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Steven Vincent Killed in Iraq

It's around seven in the morning here in New York City and I just checked the news websites and clicked on an item about the death of a free-lance journalist in Iraq.

I cried out in pain when I saw that it was Steven Vincent, one of my favorite bloggers and someone that Iraqi Bloggers Central has championed as one of the best commentators on the situation in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - An American freelance journalist was found dead in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the U.S. Embassy said Wednesday.

Police said Steven Vincent had been shot multiple times after he and his Iraqi translator were abducted at gunpoint hours earlier.

“I can confirm to you that officials in Basra have recovered the body of journalist Steven Vincent,” said embassy spokesman Pete Mitchell. “The U.S. Embassy is working with British military and local Iraqi officials in Basra to determine who is responsible for the death of this journalist. Our condolences go out to the family.”

I am stunned. We had talked to each other on his comments page and he had blogged about and linked to Iraqi Bloggers Central several times.

Steven Vincent was one of the most intelligent and reasonable American voices coming out of Iraq.

I considered him a blog-friend and fellow supporter of the hopes for democracy in Iraq.

May His Soul Rest In Peace.

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