LANHAM, Md. — NBC correspondent Richard Engel and his colleagues are back on safe soil today after being held captive in Syria for five days.

“We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” NBC said in a statement released Tuesday morning.

Engel, the network’s chief foreign correspondent, and his crew went missing Thursday.

Engel appeared on the “Today” show Tuesday morning just hours after crossing into Turkey following a fire-fight between his captors and rebel forces.

NBC says they believed the captors were not loyal to the Assad regime however on the show Engel says he believed they were part of the pro-Assad “Shabiha” militia.

In his appearance, Engel spoke of being blindfolded and forced to endure “psychological torture.”

Prior to NBC’s announcement rumors had been circulating about the journalists disappearance through a Turkish news outlet.

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