World Digest

World Digest

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Slain American Led Construction Firm

The American whose body was found in a car Friday in Baghdad's Green Zone has been identified as Jim Kitterman, the president of Janus Construction, a small company he formed last year. Kitterman worked in Iraq for years for several companies, including Houston-based KBR and Kuwait-based Peregrine Development, Dennis Wright, Peregrine's president, said in an e-mail.

Kitterman was a former U.S. Navy chief petty officer, Wright said. "He loved his work in Iraq and believed he was making a positive contribution and difference in helping Iraqis regain their country," Wright said.

A U.S. official said Friday that the victim had been stabbed multiple times and had been blindfolded and bound at the hands.

-- Ernesto LondoƱo

and Steve Fainaru


Fighting Kills 3

Heavy shelling and gunfire in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, killed three people and wounded about 30, in a battle between government and rebel forces.

It was the second day of an offensive by the U.N.-backed government aimed at regaining neighborhoods won by Islamist insurgents in recent weeks.

-- Associated Press

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