This doesn’t look good. Engel is an avid “tweeter,” but Engel’s Twitter timeline shows no activity since Dec. 1.
Back in October, American journalist Andrew Tice was captured by Syrian jihadis. A video was released showing him alive, but it appeared that he was about to be executed, since his captors were wearing white—signifying a ritual killing.
Tice has not been heard from since the video was released.
Via The Daily Mail:
NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, one of the most prominent and accomplished international correspondents in the world, is reportedly missing in Syria.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Engel, together with Turkish journalist Aziz Akyava?, were last known to be in Syria and haven’t been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning.
While the Turkish media have been circulating the report for several days, American outlets had been operating under a news blackout requested by NBC until today.
NBC colleague David Schuster is amongst those to have tweeted their concern about the missing journalist and author.
Engels, who is divorced and doesn’t have children, was promoted to NBC News’s chief foreign correspondent in 2008. He runs NBC’s Middle East bureau and has been reporting on the ongoing conflict between rebels and forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He last reported from inside Syria on December 11. He is also known as a regular Twitter user, but hasn’t tweeted since Dec 1.