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Richard Engel and NBC News Team Freed From Syria Rebels

Submitted by on December 18, 2012 – 7:00 am Comments

img391551For those of you who have been following the actions in Syria and how Richard Engel and his team were captured by Syrians 5 days ago. As it turns out, they have been freed and now are back home. Physically, they were unharmed, but the psychological torture they endured during their five day imprisonment have left scars. Engel talks about the threats of being killed and that they had to decide which of them were going to be shot first. On Thursday, December 13th, Engel and his team were in northwest Syria in Turkey when they were attacked.

Producer Ghazi Balkiz was among them and said that they worked with one another to make sure that they kept one another’s spirits high. There was plenty of praying during their time in Syria. The news team is safely back in the United States and it can be said that they won’t be going to Syria for a while. With the rise of violence plaguing Syria, it is a miracle that the team was even allowed to be let to go home. Just recently the country has been fighting with Bashar al-Assad and blocking off his escape route. With the violence increasing, it is uncertain if NBC is going to make another trip out there.

Engel retells the story telling EOnline, “We weren’t physically beaten or tortured—it was a lot of psychological torture,” Engel said on the Today show. “[There were] threats of being killed. They made us choose which one of us would be shot first, and when we refused 250px-RichardEngelthere were mock shootings.” With quick action, they protected themselves by requesting NBC News to have a news blackout on the situation of Engel and the others. This was a smart move to the NBC News and something that many feel saved the lives of the reporters.

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With the lack of attention that was given toward the subject, some feel that was what allowed the journalists to leave Syria to begin with. It goes to show that if you ignore a problem, it will work itself out. Some feel that this needs more action and that it violated certain agreements, but no news on how it will be handled. Mostly, everyone is grateful to be safe and at home with their friends and family.

David Sibert

David is co-owner of Daily Bubble and editor-in-chief. Father and Husband and all around busy guy. He likes long walks on the beach and having fun playing computer games. Also a writer of Daily Bubble.

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