Tareq Ayoub, a correspondent for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television station and former reporter for NBC News, died of his injuries following a US missile strike on the station’s Baghdad offices. He was 34.
Ayoub was on the roof of the building, preparing for a live broadcast, when an American aircraft fired two missiles at building housing Al-Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau. He was seriously injured and the station aired footage of him being taken away for treatment in a car belonging to rival network Abu Dhabi television. He died shortly afterward.
A Jordanian national of Palestinian origin, Ayoub He travelled to Baghdad only five days before his death from Al-Jazeera’s Amman office where he had worked as a financial correspondent for three years.
He had also worked for the English-language Jordan Times and reported briefly for the Associated Press in the mid 1990s.
Though many in the U.S. regard Al-Jazeera as a propaganda organ, Ayoub incurred the wrath of Iraqi authorities for his honest reporting of the war.
Al-Jazeera aired footage of Ayoub only one hour before his death. He was leaning on sandbags and wearing a helmet and a flack jacket.
He is survived by his wife Dima Tahboob, and two children.