An American blogger who is trying to visit every country in the world has been released from Syria's detention with the help of Lebanese officials.
The release was first announced by officials without naming the American citizen. Later, they were identified by his parents as Sam Goodwin, 30. They thanked a Lebanese general for help.
The US State Department said it was "familiar with the reports" of the release of US citizens from Syria. "Privacy considerations prevent us from commenting further on this case."
In a statement to the American media, Mr. Goodwin's family said: "He's healthy with his family too."
Abbas Ibrahim and all the others who helped release our son.
"We'll have more to say at a later date."
"I can not be more grateful for the worldview I have developed through my experiences," he wrote on the site, Searching4Sam. The telegraph, Mr. Goodwin, was detained by Syrian forces after leaving the Kurdish northeastern town of Kamalli.
In May last year, his parents told NBC News that "there is no doubt" that Mr Tice was still alive.
Until his release, Mr. Goodwin was not known to have been trapped in Syria. The State Department statement said it continued to "work by all means to ensure the safe release of US citizens reported missing or taken hostage in Syria." Why is there a war in Syria?