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Photo Credit: Mohanned Faisal/Courtesy Reuters

YASSER FAISAL AL-JUMAILI

*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.

News Organization: FREELANCE

Died: 2013

Location: SYRIA

War: SYRIAN CIVIL WAR (2011-

Iraqi cameraman Yasser Faisal al-Jumaili didn’t tell anyone where he was going when he borrowed money to buy a new video camera and headed to Syria to cover the civil war. Days later, he was shot to death by rebels at a checkpoint in northern Syria. His footage was never recovered. Al-Jumaili, 35, covered the Iraq War for international broadcasters, venturing to places considered too dangerous for foreign journalists. A friend said al-Jumaili wanted to capture “the untold stories of misery, violence, injustice and war.” He was one of 28 journalists killed in 2013 in Syria, the world’s deadliest country for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.