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Kurdish Journalist Killed Covering Iraq's Battle For Mosul


Students of Irbil's College of Journalism hold portraits of Shifa Gardi, a journalist for the network Rudaw who was killed while covering the Mosul offensive, during a memorial ceremony in Irbil on February 26.

Students of Irbil's College of Journalism hold portraits of Shifa Gardi, a journalist for the network Rudaw who was killed while covering the Mosul offensive, during a memorial ceremony in Irbil on February 26.

A reporter working for an Iraqi Kurdish television channel was killed by the explosion of a roadside bomb February 25 during fighting between government troops and Islamic State militants in Mosul.

The Rudaw news organization said in a statement that 30-year-old Shifa Gardi, a presenter for Rudaw, was killed in a bomb attack, and cameraman Younis Mustafa was injured on the outskirts of Mosul.

Gardi was presenting a daily special program on the Mosul offensive when the explosion occurred.

A statement on Rudaw's website described her as one of the organization's "most daring journalists."

Several journalists have been injured in the Mosul operation, and an Iraqi television journalist, Ali Raysan, was killed covering the battle in October.

Iraq is one of the world's most-dangerous places for journalists. It was ranked 158th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders' 2016 World Press Freedom Index.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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