Kidnapped Marquette alum may be in the hands of the Syrian government

Jaclyn Brandt

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Kidnapped Marquette alum may be in the hands of the Syrian government

CREATED May. 3, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 3, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The GlobalPost is reporting that James Foley may be in the hands of the Syrian government.

Foley, a freelance journalist and Marquette alum, was kidnapped in late 2012 while visiting the country as a journalist.

"With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces," GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said during a speech marking World Press Freedom Day, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Thirty-nine-year-old Foley graduated from Marquette in 1996, and was also held in 2011 while reporting in Libya.

"Balboni said that GlobalPost representatives were now meeting with the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon in Beirut to secure his support," the Journal Sentinel reports. "The ambassador has delivered letters to the Syrian ministries of defense, interior, information and foreign affairs."

 

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