UK Reporter Murdered By American Troops In Iraq

October 14th, 2006 | researchmaterial

A coroner has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing on ITN reporter Terry Lloyd, who was shot dead by US forces in southern Iraq in March 2003.

An inquest heard Mr Lloyd was killed by a US bullet near Basra. His interpreter died and his cameraman is missing.

It was told Mr Lloyd, 50 and originally from Derby, was hit while in a makeshift ambulance, having already been hurt by American-Iraqi crossfire.

Mr Lloyd was covering the British and American invasion of Iraq as a “unilateral” journalist, rather than those “embedded” with UK or US forces, who were subject to military censorship.

He and his three colleagues were caught up in a firefight between US and Iraqi forces near the Shatt Al Basra Bridge on 22 March 2003.

After an eight-day inquest Coroner Andrew Walker cleared ITN of any blame for Mr Lloyd’s death and praised him and his team for their “professionalism and dedication”.

He said it was his view the American tanks had been first to open fire on the ITN crew’s two vehicles. He added Mr Lloyd would probably have survived the first bullet wound he received, but was killed as he travelled away in a makeshift ambulance.

Mr Walker said it “presented no threat to American forces” since it was a civilian minibus and was facing away from the US tanks. “I have no doubt it was the fact that the vehicle stopped to pick up survivors that prompted the Americans to fire on that vehicle,” he said…


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