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U.S. Journalist Known For Afghan, Iraq Work Dead At 33

Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings

The American award-winning war correspondent Michael Hastings, who authored notable articles and books about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been killed in a car accident in Los Angeles. He was 33.

The news website BuzzFeed, for which Hastings wrote, said he died early on June 18.

Hastings is known for a 2010 profile in “Rolling Stone” magazine of General Stanley McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

The article quoted McChrystal as criticizing the Obama administration.

McChrystal stepped down from his post after the article’s publication.

Hastings also authored two books: "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan,” and "I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story."

BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith called Hastings a “great, fearless journalist.”

Based on reporting by AFP and AP