Khalaf covered social and cultural life in Iraq for RFE/RL’s Arabic service. She was a well-known former Iraqi television newscaster who had worked for Iraqi national television since the 1970s and joined RFE/RL shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Khamail disappeared on April 3, 2007. Her body was found two days later, evidently tortured and shot in the head. Fifty years old, she left behind her husband and three daughters.