Covering the world each week would be impossible without the translators, drivers, facilitators and guides whose local knowledge and companionship are indispensable to foreign correspondents working in dangerous places. Omar Hashim Kamal was one such treasure. Omar joined TIME's Baghdad bureau as a translator last April and immediately became one of the magazine's most vital assets, a man beloved by those of us who worked with him as much for his relentless conviviality as for his lightly worn erudition. On the morning of March 24, Omar, 48, was shot four times by unidentified assailants as he drove to work. He died...

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