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In his 20s, with the hopes of becoming a foreign correspondent, Kevin Dawes - now 39, at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, Calif. - traveled to Libya and then Syria where he was arrested, imprisoned and tortured. Preston Gannaway for NPR hide caption

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An American was locked up in Syria. A pact with a British inmate may have saved him

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Hassan Mahmoud, 53, is one of the Syrians who testified in a landmark trial in Germany in which a former Syrian security official is charged with crimes against humanity and other crimes for overseeing torture at a prison. Eman Helal for NPR hide caption

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Syrians Have Stared Down Threats To Testify Against Assad's Regime In A Landmark Trial

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Presiding judge Anne Kerber (left) stands before handing the verdict to Syrian defendant Eyad al-Gharib (right, face hidden under a folder) Wednesday in Koblenz. Gharib, 44, a former Syrian intelligence service agent, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail for complicity in crimes against humanity in the first court case over state-sponsored torture by the Syrian government. Thomas Lohnes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Goodwin in Yemen in January 2019 with his Omani fixer, Azam Almhry. Ania Budzinski hide caption

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'I Was Absolutely Terrified': American Sam Goodwin Describes Syrian Prison Time

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Syrian Oscar-nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad answers journalists' questions outside a courtroom during a break in a trial against two Syrian defendants accused of state-sponsored torture in Syria, on April 23, in Koblenz, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian Filmmaker Speaks Out On Torture: 'I Was Holding This Pain For A Long Time'

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