Libya Will Release Missing New York Times Journalists

Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left), run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf March 11, 2011. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, are missing since falling behind the lines of Muammar Gaddafi's advancing forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday. Picture taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Conroy (LIBYA - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MEDIA IMAGES OF THE DAY) Photo: ? STR New / Reuters

The New York Times journalists reported missing Tuesday will be released today. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, Muammar Qaddafi's son Seif Islam Qaddafi appeared to refer to Lynsey Addario, an experienced war photographer and the only woman in the group, but government officials told the U.S. State Department that all four will be released. In a transcript of the interview, Seif al-Islam Qaddafi said:

They entered the country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiya from the terrorists and they found her, they arrest her because, you know, foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that, she will be free tomorrow.

Like many reporters from the West trying to cover the conflict, the Times journalists entered the rebel-controlled region in the east without visas by crossing the Egyptian border. After the Times reported them missing Tuesday, Qaddafi's officials said that if they had been detained by Libyan military forces, they would be located and released unharmed.

Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists [NYT]