Lebanon secures release of American citizen from Syria – Lebanese security official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian authorities have released a U.S. citizen and he has been exceeded again to his domestic, thanks to the mediation of Lebanon, a Lebanese security legit said on Friday.

The Security reliable did not expose the name of the launched American, but stated it was no longer Austin Tice, a journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012.

The respectable mentioned that Lebanon’s security chief Abbas Ibrahim had conducted the mediation.

“Lebanon has labored on mediating thru Normal Abbas Ibrahim to unlock an American and he was once handed over to his family already. The American isn’t Tice because it’s not identified where he’s,” The Safety authentic mentioned.

Several U.S. electorate were held in Syria for the reason that war began there in 2011, together with people held by using jihadist groups similar to Islamic State.

the U.S. has declined to claim who it believes is holding Tice, but has mentioned it believes he’s alive and has sought the lend a hand of the Syrian executive’s shut ally Russia to free him.

Last 12 months the household of some other American, Majd Kamalmaz, instructed the new York Instances that he had disappeared at a govt checkpoint in Damascus in 2017.

Last month Ibrahim flew to Iran to finish the discharge and repatriation of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen with everlasting residency in the united states who was once detained there in 2015.

Reporting by means of Laila Bassam; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by using Samia Nakhoul and Frances Kerry

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