— Army General Martin Dempsey, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, criticized Russia for sending advanced missiles to Syria.
The family and employer of James Foley, a U.S. journalist missing in Syria since November, say they now believe he is being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the capital, Damascus.
That conclusion follows a five-month investigation by Foley’s family and his employer, GlobalPost, and was announced on Friday in an article posted on the news organization’s website.
“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, according to the article.
He went on to say that GlobalPost believes Foley was being held in a prison or detention facility “in the Damascus area.”
Foley is believed to have been kidnapped in November of last year in northwest Syria, soon after he crossed the Turkish border by car.
He has worked in the Middle East for the past five years, for GlobalPost and other news organizations, according to a website set up by his family, freejamesfoley.org .
Two years ago, while on assignment for GlobalPost in eastern Libya, Foley was arrested and held for 44 days. (Source)
A Free Syrian Army fighter and a boy hold up weapons on a street at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirming plans to assist the Syrian rebels.
The Obama administration is increasing aid to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Washington Post reports the United States may provide military supplies, including body armor and armed vehicles. The New York Times reports U.S. training of Syrian rebels is underway at a military base in an unspecified regional country. At a summit today in Rome, Secretary of State John Kerry announced $60 million in new aid for the Syrian opposition.
A family was rescued from a house after a missile hit Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday. Hamid Khatib/Reuters
A girl who returned from school cries upon seeing her house destroyed after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
— Um Nasser, a Syrian refugee who fled in Jordan. A Jordanian border official said Monday nearly 90,000 Syrians have crossed into Jordan since the beginning of the year.
U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, says much of the rebel-held north in Syria remains cut off from direly needed aid.
The World Health Organization is now reporting a typhoid outbreak in a rebel-held area of the northeastern province of Deir ez-Zor. The WHO says some 2,500 people have caught typhoid because they have been forced to drink from a contaminated section of the Euphrates River. In some of the latest violence, at least 31 civilians were killed Tuesday in a Syrian regime bombing of the city of Aleppo. Fourteen children were reportedly among the dead.
Activists in Syria are claiming more than 270 people have been killed in nationwide violence since Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 90 people died across Syria on Monday after some 180 people lost their lives the day before. The toll includes dozens killed when a building was bombed in the northern city of Aleppo.
The United Nations is warning it could be forced to scale back food aid in Syria due to a lack of international funding. Ging said relief workers have already cut the nutritional count in food rations by half in the past two months.
A boy holds a piece of rock in reaction to firing from snipers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr district, Syria, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
A Syrian refugee walked toward his tent at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan, Wednesday. Mohammad Hannon/Associated Press
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