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James Foley Says He’ll Go Back To Libya ‘Eventually’

BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston-based journalist detained in Libya for six weeks said Wednesday he will go back there someday.

James Foley, who writes for the news agency GlobalPost, was one of four foreign reporters released May 18.

In an interview on ‘The Early Show’ on CBS Wednesday morning, Foley was asked if he’d ever go back to Libya after his ordeal.

“Yes, eventually” he told host Erica Hill. “I think it’s a very important story.”

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Foley recounted the day he was captured.  He said they were going out to report what was happening on the front lines when they came under heavy fire from Moammar Gadhafi’s troops and were forced to surrender.

“I jumped up, tried to say we were journalists,” Foley said.

“I was hit several times with the butt of an AK-47, punched and dragged into a vehicle with my hands tied behind my back.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Joe Mathieu reports.

He said the most difficult thing was not being able to tell anybody they were in captivity for 44 days.

Foley said he and his fellow captives “prayed so hard” for their release.

“We just prayed to be able to talk to our parents. Just prayed to talk to my mom to let her know I’m ok. I’m not being tortured, I’m being fed. And that was such a blessing the day we were actually given a phone call.”

“She filled me with so much encouragement,” Foley said of his mother, who lives in Rochester, New Hampshire.

“My family (appeared) on so many TV shows just to try to get the attention of the State Department and diplomats that we were continually held.”


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