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Syrian forces 'behind killing of Yamamoto'

Publication Date : 04-09-2012


Syrian government forces ordered the killing of journalists covering the country's civil war, according to a video posted online Saturday by a group opposed to President Bashar Assad's regime.

Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto was shot dead last month while covering the conflict.

The 49-second video, posted by rebel group Liwaa Aasifat Al-Shamal, features an account by a man who claims he was involved in the shooting of Yamamoto on August 20 in the northern city of Aleppo as a soldier in the government forces.

The man, who identified himself as "Sgt. Mahmud in the 170th Brigade", said that during a meeting in Aleppo one of his supervisors told him to murder journalists and make their killings look as if they were committed by the Free Syrian Army.

In the video, the man is wearing what appears to be a white T-shirt and shows no signs of injuries or torture.

The man said he captured two other journalists when he shot and killed Yamamoto, apparently in reference to two missing reporters from Alhurra, a US-funded Arabic-language satellite network.


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