CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar April 7 —
Two journalists and two soldiers were killed Monday in an Iraqi
rocket attack on the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division south of
Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said. Fifteen soldiers were also
Spaniard Julio Anguita Parrado, 32, of the newspaper El Mundo,
was killed when the missile struck south of the Iraqi capital,
according to his newspaper and the Spanish Defense Ministry. Anguita
Parrado was the son of Julio Anguita, former leader of Spain's
leftist Izquierda Unida coalition.
The second dead journalist was identified as Christian Liebig,
35, who was covering the war for the German news weekly Focus. He
had been with the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division since the
war began, moving with it from Kuwait to the outskirts of
"We are shattered and deeply saddened," said Focus' editor in
chief, Helmut Markwort.
Liebig also was a former editor on the international news desk of
The Associated Press German language service.
The deaths brought to eight the number of foreign journalists who
have died while in Iraq to cover the war.
Also Monday, armed Iraqis abducted two Polish journalists at a
checkpoint near the Iraqi town of Hillah, about 80 miles south of
Baghdad, their editor said.
Marcin Firlej, 27, a reporter for the private TVN24 news channel,
and 31-year-old Jacek Kaczmarek, with Polish state radio, were
traveling from the town of Nasiriyah with a larger group of
journalists when they were seized, TVN24 editor Malgorzata Laszcz
TVN24 reporter Marcin Woroch, who was in another car in the same
convoy, described their abductors as "five or six armed men, some
still in military uniforms, some in black," in a report aired on his
Among the journalists who have died while covering the war are
Americans David Bloom of NBC News and Michael Kelly, editor at large
for The Atlantic Monthly and a columnist for The Washington Post.
Kelly was killed Thursday along with a U.S. soldier when their
Humvee plunged into a canal; Bloom died Sunday from an apparent
The others are Kaveh Golestan, an Iranian free-lance cameraman
for the BBC, Gaby Rado of Britain's Channel 4 News, Terry Lloyd of
Independent Television News in Britain, and Paul Moran of the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Two other Independent Television News journalists, cameraman Fred
Nerac of France and Hussein Osman of Lebanon, are missing in
Liebig was one of the few German journalists who were traveling
with the U.S. troops. He detailed the daily trials and joys of life
with the troops, from surviving a sandstorm to the first hot meal in
Yet his reporting often focused on the frustrations and even
apathy of some soldiers he accompanied. Hours before the brigade
approached Saddam's Republican Guards on March 26, Liebig quoted one
private comparing the war in Iraq with Vietnam.
Liebig began his career in 1995 as an intern for the German news
agency Deutsche Presse Agentur in Zagreb, Croatia. He joined The
Associated Press the following year as an editor on the foreign desk
of its German-language news service, where colleagues recalled his
thoroughness and attention to detail. He joined Focus in 1999.
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