The Islamic State, the Sunni militant group that beheaded two U.S. journalists, has begun to target local media in Iraq. ISIS militants executed Muhannad Akidi Monday — the second Iraqi journalist to be killed in just one week.
Akidi was Kurdish and lived in a town in northwest Iraq. He was shot in the head and killed by ISIS in al Ghazlani camp, a former Iraqi and American military base south of Mosul, according to the Kurdistan Democratic Party, whose peshmerga militia is fighting ISIS.
Akidi was purportedly kidnapped by ISIS militants two months ago. He worked for a local news agency and appeared on domestic television.
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Fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq also executed an Iraqi cameraman in Samra, a small village east of Tikrit, relatives said. Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog, said the cameraman, Raad al-Azzawi, 37, was captured by ISIS Sept. 7.
At least 70 journalists have been killed during the Syrian conflict.