Addition to “Who Benefits?” Post

Al-Arabiya TV reports that on February 22rd, the day of the bombing at the Golden Mosque in Samarra:

“Al-Arabiya Television has lost its correspondent in Iraq, Atwar Bahjat, with two other colleagues. Atwar gave the last live dispatch to Al-Arabiya Television at 1500 gmt yesterday. Atwar disappeared after that. The Iraqi Police today confirmed that she and two other colleagues were assassinated in Samarra… The three journalists were covering the attack on the shrine of the two Shi’i imams, Ali al-Hadi and Al-Hasan al-Askari, north of Baghdad.”

Also, on February 21st:

“(Asharq al-Awsat) Karbala governor Akeel al-Khazali announced on February 20 that he will suspend all official contact with the Americans to protest the improper behavior of the US officials who visited the province last week. They did not show any respect to the province’s local security and prevented high-ranking Iraqi officials from entering the (governor’s office,) which frustrated them. He insisted that the Americans should officially apologize for the uncivilized behavior (including bringing dogs into the building) and that they should never act that way again. If not, the governor said he would prevent them from entering the office without prior approval from the Iraqi authorities. (London-based Asharq al-Awsat, a pro-Saudi independent paper, is issued daily.)”