Iraqi Journalist Shot Dead in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Oct. 14 — A journalist for The Washington Post was shot and killed while reporting from a volatile neighborhood in southern Baghdad on Sunday, the newspaper said. The killing, an isolated act that appeared to have been deliberate, was one of at least nine in the capital Sunday.

The reporter, Salih Saif Aldin, 32, was shot once in the head, apparently at close range, said the newspaper’s Baghdad bureau chief, Sudarsan Raghavan. Other details of the killing remained unclear late Sunday night.

Mr. Saif Aldin, a divorced father of a 6-year-old girl, was killed in the same area of Baghdad where a journalist for The New York Times, Khalid Hassan, was fatally shot in July in what appeared to be a planned attack.

In the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province, more than 40 Shiite tribal and political leaders met with Sunni tribal leaders in a significant display of support for the Sunni alliance fighting against the insurgent group called Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a homegrown Sunni Arab extremist group that American intelligence agencies have concluded is foreign led.

The three-hour meeting, to which the Shiite political and tribal leaders traveled in American military helicopters, was organized by the Awakening Council, a coalition of Sunni tribes in Anbar that have begun fighting Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia for control of the province.

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