NBC News' Richard Engel. (2009 file shot.) Meet the Press/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Meet the Press/Getty Images The Two-Way NBC News' Richard Engel, Two Colleagues Freed From Syrian Captors December 18, 2012 They were captured last Thursday. On Monday, as they were being driven to a new location, their captors ran into rebels. The journalists were freed after a firefight. Engel believes the captors were gunman loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime.