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James Foley, a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, is a freelance journalist and conflict zone reporter. In 2011 while reporting on the rebels in Libya, he was taken by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and held prisoner for six weeks. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S. military's 4-4th Infantry division and 1-10th Mountain division in the Afghanistan in Kunar province, where he reported on COIN operations and the national elections. The previous year, he embedded in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, where he reported on counter-insurgency and reconstruction issues.