“Al-Haydari said her name was fourth on a death list comprised of journalists and police officers. … According to Aswat al-Iraq, the list was issued by the ‘Emir of the Islamic State in Mosul’.”
New York, June 7, 2007″”An Iraqi journalist who had been abducted, shot and
threatened with death was slain in Mosul today by unidentified gunmen who answered her
cell phone after the killing and told the caller “she went to hell.”
Al-Haydari visited CPJ’s offices in New York in late 2005, and CPJ helped relocate her husband and four children to Damascus, Syria, after she received death
Al-Haydari was shopping in Mosul’s Al-Hadbaa neighborhood when four unidentified gunmen got out of their vehicle, gunned her down and fled the scene, taking
her cell phone with them, local journalists told CPJ.
Earlier, she had been reporting news of a suicide attack on a police station in the nearby town of Al-Rabiya, NINA said. When a police captain called to give her more information, the killers answered her phone, telling him, “She went to hell,” according to a local journalist who spoke with the captain.
Al-Haydari had previously told CPJ that she had received many death threats. Early last year, she was twice targeted for abduction; one attempt failed, and she was rescued the other time. In March 2006, al-Haydari told CPJ she had been shot, requiring surgery. In August 2006, gunmen killed her daughter’s fiancÃ©.
In her final e-mail to CPJ, on March 22, al-Haydari said her name was fourth
on a death list comprised of journalists and police officers. It had been circulated
throughout Mosul and posted on her house door. According to Aswat al-Iraq, the list was
issued by the “Emir of the Islamic State in Mosul,” the local leader of the al-Qaeda-
affiliated Islamic State in Iraq.