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Kurdish authorities detained Japanese journalist over suspected IS link: report

CAIRO -- Kurdish authorities detained Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka because they suspected that he was linked to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the Kurdish media network Rudaw has reported.

Quoting a Kurdish official in Iraq, Rudaw said Tsuneoka, 47, is being questioned over whether he has links to IS. After completing the investigation, the Kurdish security authority reportedly intends to hand him over to the Japanese Embassy in Iraq.

According to Rudaw, Kurdish security authorities detained Tsuneoka while he was covering a campaign to regain control over Mosul, which is currently under the control of IS. It remains unclear exactly when and where he was detained.

Rudaw quoted the official as saying that Tsuneoka is suspected to be a member of the IS.

The Kurdish news organization reported that Kurdish authorities have confirmed that Tsuneoka previously entered areas in Syria which were under the control of IS, and that he has close relations with Chechen insurgents.

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