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A day after TV channel wants to quit

Al-Jazeera said it hopes to get its team out of Baghdad amid what it said were fears its reporters were now targets.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2003 14:31 IST

Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera said it hopes to get its team out of Baghdad after one of its correspondents was killed by US fire, amid what it said were fears its reporters were now targets.

The editor-in-chief of the network, which has come under sharp criticism from the United States and Britain over its coverage of the Iraq war, on Tuesday asked for their help to get its reporters out of Baghdad.

An Al-Jazeera journalist on air earlier in the day accused the United States of intentionally targeting the network. AlJazeera's offices in Kabul were hit during the 2001 US war in Afghanistan.

"We are calling on the US-Anglo forces to locate them and to provide assistance in getting them out," Ibrahim Hilal said at the Qatar-based network's headquarters.

"I believe that none of them is safe any more, whether in Baghdad or the rest of Iraq, even those who are with American troops," he said.

"My wish is to get them all out," Hilal said, adding that one of its reporters who was embedded with US forces in Nasiriyah has already been recalled.

Tareq Ayub was killed yesterday when a US missile hit the network's offices in Baghdad. With Iraqi approval, Al Jazeera is not based in the hotel where most of the foreign press is stationed.

Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian cameraman with Reuters and Jose Couso from Spanish network Telecinco, were killed at the Palestine Hotel when a US tank opened fire in another incident on Tuesday.