Syria remained the deadliest places for journalists to work on the job in 2013, while Iraq and Egypt saw an increase in fatal violence. More than half of the killings during 2013 took place in the Middle East.
As the war in Iraq drifted along after the fall of Saddam Hussein in summer 2003, the troops were restless. In an effort to keep them occupied, generals took a lucky few for some moments of luxury in one of the former dictator’s opulent palaces.
A series of car bombs in mainly Shi’ite areas of Baghdad killed 57 people and wounded more than 150 on Saturday, in what appeared to be coordinated attacks on people celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.