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Parents of journalist missing in Syria appeal to kidnappers for their son's release


ROCHESTER, NH (WKOW) -- The parents of a freelance journalist from Milwaukee missing in Syria are appealing to his captors for their son's release.

39-year-old James Foley was kidnapped in northwest Syria by unknown gunmen on Thanksgiving Day. He was captured with another foreign journalist.

Foley has covered war zones in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.

From their New Hampshire home on Thursday, Foley's father appealed to those holding him to contact the family in order to work with them.

"As Jim's father, I appeal to the people who have Jim, to let us know where he is, and to help us secure his release, and to give us some information in terms of his welfare, his health," John Foley. 

In April 2011, Foley and three other journalists were captured by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. They were jailed in Libya for entering the country illegally. They were eventually released unharmed.

"We are gravely concerned about Jimmy's health and welfare and safety," John Foley said. "We miss him terribly. He's in our thoughts and our prayers everyday. We're committed to do everything in our ability to secure his safe release, and this is our only priority."

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