Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Reuters seeks new inquiry into Iraq hotel deaths


Reuters News said on Tuesday it was seeking a fresh inquiry into the 2003 killing of two journalists in Baghdad by a U.S. tank crew after a report raised new questions about their deaths.

Reuters Ukrainian cameraman Taras Protsyuk and Jose Couso, a cameraman with the Spanish network Telecinco, were killed by a tank shell that hit the Palestine Hotel on April 8, 2003, in the final stages of the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Reuters News, part of global information company Thomson Reuters, said it would write to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to push for another inquiry after a report by U.S. Internet news and current affairs broadcaster Democracy Now.

On May 15, Democracy Now (www.democracynow.org ) posted an interview with a former U.S. army sergeant in military intelligence who said that prior to the invasion she had been given a list of targets for potential attack that included the Palestine Hotel.

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