You never want anyone captured during a war–especially a non-combatant. NBC’s Richard Engle and his production team were reporting on the Syrian “Civil War” and was captured by forces loyal to Syrian President Assad. After being held for 5 Days, thank God, Engle and his crew were released.
Engle appeared on the Today show this morning to tell his story.
“It is good to be here,” Engel said during a live appearance on TODAY from Turkey. “I’m very happy that we’re able to do this live shot this morning.”
Engel said that they were traveling with Syrian rebels when a group of about 15 gunmen “jumped out the trees and bushes” and captured them.
Engle explained that they suffered “psychological torture” as their captors pretended to shoot members of their team while they were blindfolded.
The kidnappers were “Shabiha,” Engle reported, a government militia loyal to Syrian President Assad.
The group ran into a rebel checkpoint while traveling in a van. During the firefight which ensued, some of the kidnappers were killed, and Engle and his team were rescued.
Watch the interview below: