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Photo Credit: Courtesy Agence France-Presse

AJMAL  NAQSHBANDI

News Organization: FREELANCE

Died: 2007

Location: AFGHANISTAN

War: AFGHANISTAN: WAR ON TERROR (2001-)

Naqshbandi, another journalist and their driver were kidnapped while en route to interview Taliban leaders in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Naqshbandi was beheaded when the Afghan government refused to release five Taliban prisoners in return for his freedom. The driver also was beheaded. La Repubblica reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo was freed after the release of Taliban prisoners. In 2009, HBO aired a documentary about Naqshbandi, "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi."