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After a year, no news of US reporter missing in Syria

Washington — The family of US journalist James Foley, who on Friday will mark the first anniversary of his disappearance in war-torn Syria, say they have not given up hope of welcoming him home.

The freelancer, a five-year veteran of combat reporting for outlets including GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, is one of an estimated 30 journalists missing in Syria’s 32-month-old civil war.

Press watchdogs have expressed increasing concern for the reporters, especially as in many cases there has been no news of their fate and no ransom demands…

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Note from Phil Balboni, President and CEO of GlobalPost

Phil Balboni, president and CEO of GlobalPost, has been indefatigable in his support for Jim and his family.  Today he sent the following note for the staff of GlobalPost, which we reproduce with his permission.

Last November 22nd was Thanksgiving Day here in America. Nearly six thousand miles away Jim Foley was headed toward the Turkish border after completing several weeks of reporting inside northern Syria. The car in which Jim was riding was stopped by four armed men about 10 kilometers from the border near the small town of Taftanaz in an area which even then was the scene of very active conflict between rebel and government forces. From that day to this we have had no direct contact with Jim and no communication with his kidnappers, nor has any ransom demand been received.

As I write, it is still very hard to believe that an entire year has passed since Jim went missing. It’s been an agony for his family especially his brave parents John and Diane Foley. For GlobalPost, it’s been a severe test of our endurance and our resources. And yet I can report with real confidence that we believe Jim is alive. Our investigation of Jim’s kidnapping has ranged across the Middle East and Europe. We’ve deployed field investigators from the international security firm, Kroll, whom we hired to help us pursue the wide-ranging leads that have been developed over these 12 months. In order to preserve the security of our investigation, we’ve been unable to share much detailed information with the public or even with the GlobalPost family. But please know that our search for Jim has not slowed and that there are important leads being actively pursued even at this moment.

Despite the complexities and terrible violence of the civil war in Syria, we remain very hopeful that we will succeed in gaining Jim’s freedom and we will continue on this course no matter how long it takes. On this the one year anniversary of the kidnapping, I encourage your thoughts and prayers for Jim and for the Foley family. And as we approach another Thanksgiving holiday, we can all reflect on the incredible blessings of freedom that we enjoy here in America, and of course in most other countries, but which are denied to so many others in this world.

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR JIM upon the one year anniversary of his capture in Syria November 22, 2013

If you are able to, please join us for Mass at 8am at St. Charles Children’s Home, Rochester, NH

Dearest Friends of Jim,

This is a somber day for us; but also a day to renew our commitment to find our beloved Jim and bring him home.  It is a day to renew our faith in a merciful God who surely hears our prayers and to continue to walk in humble hope.

We choose to trust in God’s promise in Mark 11: 23-24

“Amen, I say to you:  Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive , and it shall be given to you, says the Lord.”

Please take a moment today to pray for Jim, for Austin Tice, for the many unnamed journalists, clergy, humanitarian volunteers, and too many others suffering in Syria.

Jim will return home; but as many of his dear friends know, he tends to run late….

.so please do not despair…

Instead be strong in faith and hope that God hears our prayers, is protecting him and will bring him home.

We wish you all a blessed day of Thanksgiving.

We are so very thankful for each of you in our lives.

You are the angels who lift our spirits and are giving Jim the strength to endure his captivity.

We sincerely thank you for walking with us through this very dark valley.

With deepest gratitude and love for your faithful friendship and prayers,

Diane and John Foley


An epidemic of journalist kidnapping

Thirty journalists — half of them foreign reporters, half of them Syrian — have been kidnapped or gone missing in Syria, the Associated Press reported this week. The number is unprecedented. Syria today is the scene of the single largest wave of kidnappings in modern journalism, more than in Iraq during the 2000s or Lebanon during the 1980s. A combination of criminality, jihadism and chaos is bringing on-the-ground coverage of the war to a halt.

In one of several alarming new trends that has emerged in Syria, jihadists are abducting reporters, holding them captive and making no demands for their release. Instead of requesting prisoner exchanges or ransoms, they hold journalists indefinitely as human bargaining chips for future use.

Read more on the Reuters blog.


A Look At Some Journalists Missing In Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 30 journalists currently are reported missing while covering Syria’s civil war. The widespread abduction of journalists is unprecedented. Many have gone unreported in hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives’ release.

Here is a look at the 10 international journalists identified by their news organizations or families as currently missing or being held hostage in Syria.



A year on, no news of US journalist captured in Syria

Washington (AFP) – US journalist James Foley turns 40 this week but his family will not be able to celebrate with him. Foley was kidnapped almost a year ago while covering Syria’s civil war.

Foley, an experienced freelance reporter, was seized by armed men in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on November 22, according to witnesses, and he has not been heard from since.

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American journalist James Foley remains missing in Syria nearly one year after his capture

BOSTON — The parents of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped while reporting in Syria last November and has been missing ever since, issued a new appeal for information about their son today, the eve of his 40th birthday.

“We are in anguish that our son is still missing in Syria now for almost 11 months,” said Diane Foley, Jim’s mother. “Almost one year of his life is gone. Jim will be 40 years old this Friday, Oct. 18. We want to let him know how much we love him and how hard we are working to find him and bring him home.”

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