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A veteran producer of AP, the operator died in Iraq from COVID-19

BEIRUT (AP) – Khodeir Majid, who covered the Iraq conflict as a producer and cameraman for the Associated Press for more than 17 years, has died. He was 64 years old.

The cause of death was complications from the coronavirus. Majid had been hospitalized for about three weeks, but his condition had been deteriorating rapidly over the past few days, and he died on Friday morning.

A year after the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003, Majid joined the AP in Baghdad. The rise of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, and finally the war against the Islamic State group.

Murders, kidnappings, and bombings were commonplace, sometimes with multiple bombings on the same day.

Through all of this, Majid, known to family and friends as Abu Amajad, was a beloved partner, a soothing presence in the Baghdad bureau. He was a devoted journalist to many journalists, a good friend.

“Abu Amajad has been a rare source of joy during the difficult 17 years of working in Baghdad. He will be remembered as a kind and dedicated professional, “said Ahmed Sam, senior producer at the Baghdad AP.

In Baghdad, AP correspondent Samya Qulab recalled Majid’s devotion and dedication to interviewing evasive ministers and AP officials. “Recently, he has been harassing the Ministry of Transport for months. “He keeps saying next week, but do not worry, I will not stop calling,” he was so devoted to getting the story.

“I will never forget,” he said.

Kulab այլ Other Baghdad colleagues also remembered his kindness.

“On one occasion, his wife was making cookies for this date, which she shared with me. “I accidentally mentioned that I like them,” Kulab said. “The next day I had a date cookie that would last a month.”

Majid was buried in the Iraqi Shiite city of Najaf on Friday. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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