NH native detained in Libya headed home
James Foley, a journalist with Rochester ties being detained in Libya while he was in the country to cover the conflict between Moammar Gadhafi and U.S.-aided rebels was released yesterday. Foley, who had been held by the Libyan government since April 5th and was allowed to call home during his detainment, is expected to arrive back in the U.S. shortly.
NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has pressured the State Department to take action and negotiate Foley’s release and met with his parents last week in Washington, issued the following statement on the journalist’s release: “This is welcome and long-awaited news for James and for his family, friends and loved ones, who have endured weeks of agonizing uncertainty about his safety. I know that the enormous outpouring of support from the community was a great comfort to the Foley family during these past several weeks. I hope that James and his family will be reunited as soon as possible, and I look forward to his safe return home.”