Russian media reporter in Baghdad ARRESTED by Iraqi security forces and taken to unknown location

Russian media reporter in Baghdad ARRESTED by Iraqi security forces and taken to unknown location

A journalist working for RT has been detained in Baghdad, the network’s Arabic channel has reported. 

The correspondent, identified as Ashraf Al-Azzawi, was reportedly taken to an unknown location by Iraqi security forces under the pretext that his work permit had expired. 

RT Arabic said that in a call with the reporter, Al-Azzawi said that the group that had carried out his arrest were involved with fighting organized crime in the city.

Iraqi authorities also reportedly closed an office used by RT journalists in Baghdad and confiscated their equipment.

Al-Azzawi has been an RT correspondent in Iraq since 2008. He has covered military operations in Mosul, Tikrit, Fallujah, Ramadi and other operations that have occurred in Iraq over the past decade. In 2015, he came under mortar fire from terrorists while covering events in Ramadi. 

The journalist has interviewed numerous Iraqi dignitaries, including former Vice President Ayad Allawi and former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The veteran reporter previously received an honorary citation from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

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