MU grad formerly held captive in Libya believes most Libyans support U.S.
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Lacey Crisp reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- Marquette University graduate James Foley was held captive in Libya last year. He was released after two months, and now he's in Turkey.
As a journalist, he's now covering the unrest in Syria, but has kept a close eye on the uprising in Libya and the region.
"For many it's so tragic to hear this ambassador, who came back during the war in April 2011, that he was killed in Benghazi by this extremist group," said Foley during a Skype interview with TODAY'S TMJ4.
Foley argues the attack in Libya was from a small group of extremists, and that most Libyans are supportive of the U.S.
"Most people in Benghazi feel that the United States saved the city," said Foley.
The Libyan government has already made some arrests in the murders at the embassy, and Foley contends that shows the new government will not tolerate the attacks on Americans.
"Libya is still an ally," noted Foley.
Foley said the attacks stem from a group that doesn't fully understand American values.
"It's very difficult to explain to these Libyans that we have things like separation of church and state," said Foley. "We have ideas of freedom of speech."