U.S. Contractor Protecting Diplomats In Iraq Killed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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RIVERVIEW, Mich. (AP) -- The mother of a U.S. veteran who returned to Iraq as a civilian contractor protecting American diplomats says her son was killed by a sniper.

Patricia Salser tells The Associated Press that 25-year-old Justin Pope died after being shot Wednesday.

He worked for Falls Church, Va.-based DynCorp International, one of three U.S.-based security contractors that work for the State Department in Iraq.

Detroit-area television station WJBK reports that Pope served two military tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and that as a civilian was assigned to protect U.S. diplomats in Kirkuk.

Salser says her son joined the Marines after graduating from Riverview High School in 2002. Survivors include his wife and a 7-year-old son.

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