U.S. Marine Officials Oust Blogger/Photographer for Photographing Suicide Attack in Iraq

Bloggers sometimes get an inflated sense of their own importance, but Zoriah is no ordinary blogger. He’s an experienced combat photographer who has been doing something unprecedented. He publishes from Iraq — and allows other bloggers to post his images. And he cares about what’s happening there.

A few days ago he photographed the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Iraq (here). The images are so horrific they’re almost beyond comprehension. But because two U.S. Marines were among the victims of the bombing, and because Zoriah included them in his pictures of the fallen, the Marines have hustled Zoriah out of the country. Too much truth from him, evidently.

Here’s one of Zoriah’s gentler images from the bombing, of a old man peacefully dead in his chair amidst the chaos of the aftermath of the bombing in Anwar province. Sorry to include it, but this is the kind of blunt factuality that the U.S. doesn’t want people to see — so I think it should be shown.


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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