Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Parents: No word on U.S. journalist missing in Syria

ROCHESTER, N.H. — From their New Hampshire home, the parents of a foreign journalist missing in Syria since he was kidnapped six weeks ago appealed to his captors for compassion and any information about their son's health and welfare.

James Foley, 39, was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen Nov. 22, his parents said Thursday. He was in the country contributing videos to Agence France-Press, which has vowed to help secure his release.

Foley's parents, John and Diane Foley, decided to hold a news conference to make a public plea to his captors.

"I appeal to the people who have Jim to let us know where he is and to help us secure his release," John Foley said.

The Foleys would not discuss any detail about efforts through the U.S. government or otherwise to secure their son's release.

Foley has worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, including Syria, Libya and Iraq.

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