Marquette alum Foley kidnapped again in Middle East

CREATED Jan. 2, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A journalist who graduated from Marquette is kidnapped for a second time.  James Foley hasn't been seen in more than a month.  He was kidnapped while covering the civil war in Syria.

"At one point we said, this is dangerous, but we don't want to go back yet," Foley told Lacey Crisp in December 2011 while visiting Marquette University after his release.

Foley said he knew his job was dangerous, but loved covering war-torn areas.

“I've thought about it a lot, I've had hours and hours to think about it.  Of course in retrospect you had the signs that we should have pulled back," Foley said

Foley's dad, John, says he needs to know if James is ok, "Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed. To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release."

Just a few months after his release, Foley traveled to Syria to cover the civil uprising in that country.

According to the united nations, 60-thousand people have been killed in Syria.

Marquette University held vigils for Foley when he was captured in Libya.  No plans are in the works just yet, but the univeristy said Foley told them how much appreciated their prayers

"....James Foley expressed in a letter to the Marquette community the power and strength not only from his own prayer, but the prayers of his family and friends."