Ali Mahmud, a television cameraman for Al-Ghadeer, was killed on July 13, 2016 when a roadside bomb detonated near the vehicle in which he and two other journalists were travelling in the Qayyarah area, north of Baghdad. A heat-seeking missile also hit the vehicle. The two other journalists with Mahmud, Ali Jawad and Ali Muftin, were injured but survived the explosion. Iraqi forces had recently recaptured a key airbase in the area near Qayyarah, but encounters with the Islamic State group, which was still holding considerable control over the region, persisted.