CBS News crew hit by IED, 2 killed, reporter injured

AP:

A CBS News cameraman and soundman were killed and a correspondent was seriously injured Monday after their U.S. military convoy was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the network said.

Veteran cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, were killed, said Kelli Edwards, a CBS News spokeswoman. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39, was in critical condition at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad after undergoing surgery.

CBS did not release any additional information about her injuries but said doctors were cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of Paul and James, and we are hoping and praying for a complete recovery by Kimberly," CBS News President Sean McManus said in a statement.

The three were reporting on patrol with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device, CBS said.

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I am sorry to hear that they have been victimized by the enemy. It would be a mistake for news crews to stop reporting with the troops, because theat is where the story in Iraq is taking place. As I have noted before the enemy in Iraq deliberate attacks the media becuase it is concentrating against a perceived weakness. Thsi is despite the media's reporting that generally follows the al Qaeda script of blaming the US for not stopping the bombing rather than blaming the enemy for his depravity in attacking non combatants.

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