Gunmen on the 10th of January opened fire on a car carrying Dijlah TV reporter Ahmed Abdul Samad and camera operator Safaa Ghali in Basra.
His colleagues blamed pro-Iranian militias. Before his assassination, Dijlah TV reporter posted a tweet about Iran, saying it seizes on every opportunity to expand its proxy war, commenting on what Tehran did after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani: it wasn’t surprising that Soleimani’s daughter has pleaded Hassan Nasrallah to retaliate her father’s death and the fact that she didn’t make this request to Khamenei. It is because Iranians told her to do so in order to gain sympathy. Hassan Nasrallah and some deputies were deceived which means that Iran wouldn’t miss a chance to exploit any opportunity for furthering their proxy war
He was therefore assassinated for his opinion in a country where armed factions are above the law
On January 10th, the photojournalist, Safaa Ghali, along with his colleague Ahmed Abdel Samad, working for Dijlah TV, was targeted and assassinated by militias operating in southern Iraq, as they drove out of the sit-in square in Basra. Ghali did not die at once and there was a glimpse of hope to be saved, yet wounds didn’t betray Safi’s body, leaving him dead within an hour.