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Photo Credit: -Photo courtesy The Associated Press

PIERRE  BILLAUD

News Organization: RTL

Died: 2001

Location: AFGHANISTAN

War: AFGHANISTAN: WAR ON TERROR (2001-)

Killed along with French colleague Johanne Sutton and German freelancer Volker Handloik during a Nov. 11 firefight between the Taliban and Northern Alliance forces in northeastern Afghanistan. The 31-year-old radio reporter was among a group of six journalists riding with Northern Alliance troops advancing on Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province. Taliban forces fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the armored personnel carrier the journalists were riding in. The blast threw three reporters from the vehicle. "Three of us clung on for grim death and we survived," said Paul McGeough of Australia's Sydney Morning Herald.