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TOKYO – A Japanese journalist deported from Iraq has denied allegations by Kurdish officials that he is a sympathizer of the Islamic State extremist group.
Kosuke Tsuneoka told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday that he was in Mosul only to report as a journalist on the battle to retake the militant-held city.
Tsuneoka, a journalist who has covered militant groups in the Middle East, was arrested Oct. 27 after he was stopped at a security check and found to be carrying a key chain with an IS logo that he obtained on an earlier reporting trip.
The Kurdistan authority released Tsuneoka on Monday at the request of Japan's Foreign Ministry.