Anthony Shadid Dies in Syria

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Anthony Shadid, center, with residents of Cairo last February.

Anthony Shadid, center, with residents of Cairo last February.

The New York Times reports: OPC member Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack, on Thursday while on a reporting assignment in eastern Syria. Tyler Hicks, a Times photographer who was with  Shadid, carried his body across the border to Turkey.

Shadid, 43, had been reporting inside Syria for a week, gathering information on the Free Syrian Army and other armed elements of the resistance to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, whose military forces have been engaged in a harsh repression of the political opposition in a conflict that is now nearly a year old.

The Syrian government, which tightly controls foreign journalists’ activities in the country, had not been informed of his assignment by The Times.

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Shadid won the OPC 2003 Hal Boyle Award for reporting in Iraq for The Washington Post: "The Soul of Iraq: From War to Resistance and Rebirth"

Tributes to Shadid:

The New York Times

The New Yorker

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