This missing poster released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows American freelance photographer Kevin Patrick Dawes, who went missing in Syria in Oct. 2012. (FBI via AP)
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Daesh (ISIS) fighters began releasing late Friday some of the scores of cement plant workers they kidnapped northeast of Damascus this week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said.Syrian state television said Daesh had kidnapped 300 workers and contractors. The Observatory said 140 workers had fled before the fighters arrived. In Lebanon, media belonging to the Hezbollah group, which is fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops, said most of the 260 employees who were at the factory have been released already. It added that six workers were slain in front of their colleagues during interrogation, while 30 others remain unaccounted for. Meanwhile, the Syrian government has released an American citizen who was captured and detained after entering the war-wracked country about four years ago, the U.S. State Department said Friday. A senior Egyptian Al-Qaeda figure fighting in Syria, Rifai Ahmad Taha, was reported to be killed in a U.S. drone strike Tuesday in Idlib province, the Observatory and relatives said Friday.In the early 1980s Taha, spent five years in jail after the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat by Muslim extremists.
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