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Ian Rivers, Member Of Richard Engel's NBC News Crew, Escapes Syria

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Ian Rivers, the last member of the NBC News' crew kidnapped in Syria, has finally been freed.

Rivers was captured along with the rest of the crew with NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel last Thursday. Engel, producer Ghazi Balkiz and photographer John Kooistra were freed Monday after Syrian rebels attacked their captors. Rivers, however, was separated from them during the firefight.

The network announced Wednesday that Rivers — whose whereabouts were previously unknown — has left Syria safely and is in "good condition." He will be evaluated in Turkey.

"Now that Ian Rivers has been reunited with Richard Engel’s entire production team, all of us at NBC News can breathe a huge sigh of relief and express our deep appreciation to all who helped secure their freedom," NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement. "At the same time, our thoughts and concerns are with those who remain missing inside Syria and we hope for their swift and safe release."

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