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    Japanese Journalist Killed in Syria

    Image #: 19104447    Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto, an award-winning reporter who worked for Tokyo-based independent news wire Japan Press, is seen in this undated photo transmitted by Kyodo news agency in Tokyo August 21, 2012. Japan's Kyodo news agency, quoting an official at the Japanese embassy in Turkey, identified the Japanese woman journalist who died of wounds sustained in Aleppo as Mika Yamamoto on Tuesday, the scene of heavy clashes between Syrian forces and rebels, a Syrian activist group said in a statement.  Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER HEADSHOT)  MANDATORY CREDIT: REUTERS /KYODO /LANDOV

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    Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto has been killed while covering the ongoing conflict in Syria, Japan’s government confirmed on Monday. Yamamoto was a veteran war correspondent for Japan Press, and had covered the Afghan war and the U.S.-led invasion of Baghdad. A YouTube video posted Monday by an activist in Syria reportedly showed Yamamato’s body, although it’s not clear where and when she died. Meanwhile, President Obama told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that if chemical weapons fall into the wrong hands, it’s a “red line” for the U.S.

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