US Journalist Missing in Syria
James Foley's family issues statement after kidnapping
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2013 2:30 PM CST
This photo posted on the website shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in November, 2012.    (Nicole Tung)

(Newser) – An American journalist has been missing in Syria since he was kidnapped more than one month ago, his family said today, less than two years after he was held by government forces in Libya while covering that country's civil war. The family of James Foley, of Rochester, NH, said he was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen on Thanksgiving day. Foley, a 39-year-old veteran of several combat zone assignments, was contributing videos to Agence France-Press in Syria.

Foley and another journalist were working in the northern province of Idlib when they were kidnapped near the village of Taftanaz on November 22, shortly after Foley's arrival in Syria. Media outlets refrained from reporting the kidnapping until Foley's family released its statement. The other reporter's family has requested that his name not be made public. "We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he's OK," said Foley's father. An NBC News team recently spent five days in captivity in Syria.

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Jan 3, 2013 9:43 AM CST
High Noon In this classic western, a courageous man discovers that more often than not the people you presume will be there for you in an hour of dire need may very well all desert and fail you miserably. Now cue the Syrian Arab Army cast in that famous Gary Cooper sheriff Will role. Though the public at large is not privy to it, that steadfast group of soldiers are likely aware a man named Frank Miller is lurking and is set to arrive in town soon and he won't be alone, where this lead villain seeking to eliminate a source of aggravation to him can be arguably played by Turkey, with the US, UK and France typecast as his sinister cohorts. With that established short list (and hopefully you've seen the actual movie), those whom Gary Cooper's character i.e. the Syrians as in army, reaches out to for help sees Russia, China and Iran each take on their unique roles where they all are familiar with the malevolent Miller and as well his boys not to mention what they aspire to represent. From the top, China fits the bill as the judge who gives Will a lecture and then exits the scene so as to save his own hide, since in a previous run-in with Frank Miller this judge had little choice but to find the bad guy guilty which fits in well with a Chinese veto at the UN, an action that for a time managed to keep the pigs at bay. Now enter Russia who plays a similar entity who also subscribes to the rule of law in being likened unto Will's deputy, all the while agreeing to lend him a hand if he'll consent to certain terms which he simply cannot do on the grounds of principle. This fits in well with how so often we've heard Sergei Lavrov refer to the west as partners which hints at a premise of duplicity and gives legs to the ludicrous rebel/opposition demand that Assad better be out of town by sundown and it's not a stretch such a notion was ostensibly at least put under consideration by Russia. Even in the face of it however, we still feel compelled to give those Russians a best supporting actor nomination for their line which epitomizes the entire crisis. In cowboy parlance it went this a - way... The West: You need to do something about him (Assad) since he is your man. Russia: Unlike some, we don't turn our backs on our friends. To those whom this line of dialogue seems a mystery, it worketh this way... When what I call the covetous crisis began making its way throughout the Arab world it eventually made landfall in a specific quarter and from there a certain Arab leader foolishly went along with an astounding suggestion from a certain black man who works in a certain white house. That being - it was time for that Arab leader to pack it in and go. Talk bout BS - even the Israelis shouted foul about this. Well as of today that very Arab leader who willingly accepted that inane strategy sits idly by in an Egyptian prison and one can only wonder why he chose to naively consult with a novice who recommended he pursue such a whimsical flight of fancy. In contrast to this illogical line of reasoning we fade into the visage of a cast member who undeniably understands the motives of these scoundrels after taking them to task in a body of evidence that pans out over the course of a thirty year timeline... One such flashback entails the Miller bunch hiring out the services of their neighbor Iraq which resulted an 8 year conflict. As well of a certainty from their former puppet-master position from whence they're remembered sees them set up a vassal state Shah to serve their own imperialist agenda. Also return to even now current times where these people who speak Persian have been doggedly sanctioned and threatened to no limit at accordingly convenient intervals right alongside Syria, But more important than any degree of empathy they may espouse is their strategic regional position which makes the Islamic Republic the perfect foil in this looming showdown circumstance. To reiterate, if you've seen the motion picture it shouldn't come as any big surprise Iran is more than capable of doing the honors of paying homage to the lone individual featured in High Noon who came through in the end with an assist that enabled Will to shoot Frank Miller dead. Of course the part of that heroine who helps save the day was played by none other than one Grace Kelly. Consequently in keeping with and per many a director's soliloquy - quiet on the set and - action!
Jan 3, 2013 9:16 AM CST
another person that expects the us to come in pay for the mistake they made by being weckless
Jan 3, 2013 1:57 AM CST
Simply saying the journalist probably is still alive if it were assads forces in play here. Assads not in the position to do anything. While,with the terrorists and against the terrorists,since they're free to do as they will,probably not. The journalist probably knew what he was getting himself into there,but this must be a walk in the park in comparison to other possible stories like in libya and iraq.