Skip to comments.Escapees give hope in cases of journalists missing in Syria
Posted on 08/31/2013 5:40:33 AM PDT by sockmonkey
It has now been an entire year since Al-Hurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, and freelancer Austin Tice, of the United States, went missing in Syria. But the recent liberation of two freelance journalists held for months gives us some reason to hope.
Fahmi disappeared during a firefight in Aleppo on August 20, 2012, along with Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal. The same day, Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto was killed in Aleppo. Ünal was released by the Syrian government in November 2012, but there has still been no word on Fahmi's fate.
But two abductees have recently got out. Freelance journalists Jonathan Alpeyrie, a French-American, and Matthew Schrier, an American, returned home safely after months of detention in rebel hands.
Alpeyrie, likely betrayed by his fixer, was abducted by rebel forces in the Damascus countryside on April 29. In interviews with Paris Match and Le Journal de la Photographie, Alpeyrie describes 81 harrowing days of physical and psychological torture in rebel custody before a benefactor paid a hefty ransom for his freedom.
Schrier endured a longer captivity--seven months--by two Islamist rebel groups who accused of him of being a spy, The New York Times reported last week. The abductors, mostly from the Nusra Front, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda,
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They were held by al Qaeda
BUT the State Dept falsely, shamelessly claimed
they were held by Assad.
I believe Alpeyrie was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on Hannity last night.
Carlson asked him if he thought Assad fired off chemical weapons.
The guy said that he believes the chem weapons were fired by the so called rebels.
It is all about the journalists. Who cares about the real news?
5,000 others left dead by tragedy too
I knew Austin Tice. He was a friend of my daughter's in College.. That's why I posted it, actually. I know some people believe him to still be alive. I do not think he is still alive. I also do not believe that the Assad government was responsible for his disappearance, or for the video of him jut moments before he is presumably decapitated.
That’s exactly what I said about the NSA leaks. It was being swept under the rug until they found out they listened in on “journalists” at the AP. Right after that story broke, all of the MSM networks began to cover the NSA spying program.
Why would Assad risk capturing an American journalist if he wants to keep us out so bad? Of course Al Qaeda and the rest of John McCain’s posse were the ones keeping them captive.
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