Four years after officially reopening, Iraq's national museum remains off limits to average Iraqis and information about it is difficult to obtain.
Freelance Iraq cameraman killed in Syria
An al Qaeda-linked group in Syria has executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman, Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili, the first foreign journalist killed by insurgents in the conflict, a press freedoms watchdog said, Dec. 5, 2013. Reporters Without Borders said the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized Joumaili while he was on a reporting trip Idlib province on Dec. 4, 2013. Joumali was then executed and his body later arrived in Turkey, although the exact circumstances of his death were unclear, the report said. Joumali, 32, was from the Iraqi city of Fallujah and had three children. He worked for Reuters in Iraq from 2003 to 2009. Reporters Without Borders said Joumali was the 20th professional journalist and 8th foreign journalist to die in the Syrian conflict, which started in May 2011.