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Family Of American Jailed In Syria Goes Public In An Appeal To Trump

The family of Majd Kamalmaz, 61, is making his story public for the first time, spurred by President Trump's plans to remove U.S. troops from the country.
American citizen and 61-year-old psychotherapist Majd Kamalmaz, disappeared on a trip to Syria two years ago and has been missing since. Source: Courtesy of Maryam Kamalmaz

The family of an American citizen believed to have been jailed in Syria two years ago is making his story public for the first time, spurred by President Trump's announcement last month that he will withdraw U.S. troops from the country.

Majd Kamalmaz, a 61-year-old psychotherapist from Arlington, Va., arrived in Damascus on Feb. 15, 2017. He traveled to the Syrian capital for a condolence visit following the death of his father-in-law and to check on elderly relatives, according to his family. They say he was arrested at a checkpoint a day after he arrived.

"He felt safe going in. He's an American citizen.

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