UPDATE: Parents Talk About Journalist Kidnapped in Syria

UPDATED Thursday, April 4, 2013 --- 3:28 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The parents of an American journalist who disappeared more than four months ago in Syria say they still don't know where he is or who might be holding him.

Diane and John Foley say their son, James, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Nov. 22. He was in Syria contributing videos to Agence France-Press.

This is the second time Foley has been captured while covering conflict. He was held by the Libyan government for six weeks in 2011.

His parents said Thursday that this time is different because they have had no reliable information. Last time, they received regular updates from the State Department and others.

The Foleys traveled to Wisconsin from New Hampshire for a Friday night vigil for their son at Marquette University, where he studied history.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2012 --- 5:20 p.m.

BEIRUT (AP) -- The family of an American journalist who graduated from Marquette University says he went missing in Syria more than one month ago while covering the civil war there.

A statement released online Wednesday by the family of James Foley said he was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen on Thanksgiving.

The statement appealed to those holding Foley to contact the family "so we can work together toward his release."

Foley, 39, has worked in a number of conflict zones around the Middle East, including Syria, Libya and Iraq. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he graduated from Marquette in 1996.

He was contributing videos to Agence France-Press while in Syria.

The news agency quoted its chairman, Emmanuel Hoog, as saying it was doing all it could to secure Foley's release.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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