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Our thoughts and prayers go out to ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, cameraman Doug Vogt, and their families. Both men are now at Landstuhl Hospital in Germany, the best place they could be given the circumstances.
Details of the attack are beginning to emerge:
Woodruff, Vogt, and their four-man team were in the lead vehicle traveling in a convoy with Iraqi security forces. They were standing up in the back hatch of their vehicle taping a video log of the patrol at the time of the attack.Such an IED was likely detonated by an observer - and it's equally likely the visible news team was deliberately targeted by the attackers.
The ambush of the convoy was complex. The explosions was followed by small arms fire from three different directions. Iraqi security forces spread out looking for the triggermen while U.S. troops tended to Woodruff and Vogt.
Killing Doctors and Chaplains is suggested as a means of psychological warfare.What a difference a year makes.
If you see a line of soldiers, kill the one you think is the officer. Then, shoot the communications officer - then the machine gunner - then the doctor - if he's there, you'll know by the red cross on his arm.
(Shoot)... the reporter carrying the camera. First because the camera can be used as binoculars; second, it is the most difficult thing to hide the death of a reporter in Iraq.
Whether by design or coincidence, the terrorists want a result beyond the death or injury of a journalist. Whether they get it or not is up to Woodruff and Vogt's colleagues. As with their healing, time will tell.