• Parents of journalist missing in Syria make appeal


    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of a New Hampshire journalist who has been missing in Syria since he was kidnapped more than a month ago are appealing to his captors for any information about his health and welfare.

    The parents of 39-year-old James Foley say he was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen on Thanksgiving.

    In a news conference outside their Rochester home Thursday, John and Diane Foley said their son had been in Syria a year. They said they have not received any information about him in six weeks.

    "As you know, as you might imagine, we don't want to negatively influence the ongoing search for Jim. So we cannot comment in detail except to say that we are gravely concerned for Jimmy's health, welfare, and safety. We miss him terribly. He is in our thoughts and prayers every day," John Foley said. "We are committed to do everything in our ability to secure his safety. And this is our only priority."

    They asked his captors to show compassion and to contact them.

    "We are grateful to the Syrian people and to all those others who are helping us work to release Jim and other captives," John Foley added.

    Both John and Diane Foley said their son was very passionate about Syria and telling the story of the Syrian people.

    Foley was contributing videos to Agence France-Press.

    In 2011, Foley was held by government forces in Libya while covering that country's civil war. He was released after six weeks.

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