Hameed al—Daraji had been working as interpreter for the US military since 2003 against the wishes of his family. The translator had been constantly fighting with his family members over his job, a police officer said.
But when he once again refused to quit, his son and his nephew shot him in the chest in his house in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police Lt Emad Muhsin informed.
Al-Daraji"s son and nephew have been arrested. They have reportedly confessed to being members of an al Qaeda-linked group that sanctioned the killing.
The police have now launched a search for another son of the victim, who is believed to be an accomplice in the crime.
The extremist groups target Iraqis working for the US military as they label them as traitors, working for the invader.