Pulitizer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

  • Anthony Shadid

The biggest story in the world the past few months has been the indiscriminate slaughter of citizens in Syria by its president, Bashar al-Assad.

Observing what's gone on in neighboring Middle Eastern countries, al-Assad determined months ago that he would not wind up like former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, and has led a brutal offensive against the uprising.

Syria has banned Western reporters from crosssing its borders, but some have.

Tragically, one reporter who did make the crossing in the past week, the New York Times' Anthony Shadid, died yesterday, not from being caught in the cross-fire between government and opposition forces, but because of an apparent asthma attack.

He was 43.