[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Iraq victims 'were war veterans'
Paul Douglas
Paul Douglas had two children and three grandchildren
The two British journalists who were killed in Iraq at the weekend had extensive experience in war zones, including Afghanistan and Bosnia.

Sound recordist James Brolan, 42, and cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, died when a car of explosives detonated as US troops examined a roadblock in Baghdad.

They were working for US news network CBS. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously injured.

CBS News said they were brave "veterans of war coverage".

'In demand'

Brolan, born in London, was a soldier in the Royal Green Jackets from 1983 to 1988.

He met his wife Geri while on leave in 1984 and had been married to her for 20 years.

They lived in Tufnell Park, north London, and had two children - Sam, 18 and Agatha, 12.

James Brolan
James Brolan was once a soldier

After leaving the Army, he ran his own painting and decorating business for a few years before becoming a television sound recordist.

He was described by his family in a statement as "the best dad, the best husband and the best mate to be with in a tight spot out in the field". He had travelled extensively and was "always fascinated by the places he visited".

He had worked for CBS in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past year.

He was part of the CBS News team that had received a 2006 Overseas Press Club Award for its reporting on the Pakistan earthquake.

His family's statement went on to say: "His unassuming nature and love of a practical joke often belied his well-read, 'university of life' intellect.

"He always took great pleasure on the road beating his Harvard, Yale or Oxbridge-educated correspondents at Scrabble, and his knowledge of useless facts was unrivalled," they said.

"James had a natural way with people and was always in demand as the person to go with to the world's trouble spots; always putting the locals at ease, winning friends everywhere he went and always putting in his best effort."

'Charm'

Douglas, 48, from Wootton, Bedfordshire, died alongside Mr Brolan when the US 4th Infantry Division unit they were based with were targeted.

Kimberly Dozier
Kimberly Dozier had been reporting from Iraq for three years

He had worked for CBS News in many countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Rwanda and Bosnia, since the early 1990s.

He leaves a wife, Linda; two daughters, Kelly, 29, and Joanne, 26; and three grandchildren.

CBS London correspondent Mark Phillips said Douglas was "one of those people you wanted around when things got dicey".

"He could charm his way through hostile country, he could defuse the belligerent tension at an armed roadblock," he added.

Dozier, 39, holds dual US-British citizenship and had previously worked for BBC World Service radio.

She has been in Iraq for the past three years, CBS said.

Before that, she served as London bureau chief and chief European correspondent for CBS Radio News from 1996-2002.

Dozier is the recipient of three American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Awards for her radio reports on Middle East violence, Kosovo and the Afghan war.


BBC NEWS: VIDEO AND AUDIO
The area where the television crew was working



RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific