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Russian Photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev Killed in Iraq

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Russian Photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev Killed in Iraq

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Photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev was killed in a bombing Sunday while on assignment in Iraq, according to news reports and his agency, World Picture News.

Chebotayev was traveling with U.S. forces in Diyala province when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Six American soldiers were killed and two were wounded, according to the U.S. military. Russian news organizations identified Chebotayev as one of the casualties on Monday.

Chebotayev was covering the war for Russian Newsweek and had been in Iraq since March. He was in his late 20s; different reports listed his age as 27 or 29.

"Everyone here loved him, and loved working with him. He was a cheerful person who loved life," Russian Newsweek editor Leonid Parfyonov told the Associated Press.

"While Dmitry was an experienced conflict photographer, he was killed at a time and place where experience means so little for members of the press," said WpN editorial director Carlo Montali in an e-mail. …

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