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“I want to mourn him but I can’t”: the missing photojournalist and the battle to find him

It’s more than three years since Kamaran Najm was captured in Iraq. Now his friends have lifted the media blackout

By Steve Bloomfield  

TAWELA, IRAQ: Iraqi Kurdish photographer, Kamaran Najm, on a walk in the mountains that make up the border between Iraq and Iran on December 6, 2011. On June 12th, 2014, Kamaran was wounded while covering a battle between ISIS and Kurdish forces. Later that day he was kidnapped by ISIS militants. He is still missing. Photo by Sebastian Meyer

The death of Kamaran Najm was announced on the evening of 12th June 2014. A photojournalist from Sulimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, Kamaran had headed to the frontline alongside Peshmerga forces two days after Islamic State swept into Mosul. The Kurdish militia he was embedded with came under heavy fire in the village of Mullah Abdullah, 12 miles away from Kirkuk.…

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