Japan confirms detainment of Japanese journalist near Mosul

November 1, 2016 05:18

Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed on Tuesday that Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka had been detained by Kurdish authorities near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, where fierce fighting is taking place between Islamic State fighters and US-backed Iraqi forces.

Japanese media reported the 47-year old being taken in to custody by Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who are currently fighting alongside the Iraqi military in a US-led coalition to reclaim Mosul.

Tsuneoka was abducted and held captive for nearly five months by a militant group in Afghanistan in 2010 while covering the battle there and in Iraq in 2004.

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