From left to right: NBC producer Ghazi Balkiz, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, NBC photojournalist John Kooistra (formerly of WOOD TV8) on "Today" after escaping a kidnapping in Syria. (courtesy Today Show - Dec. 18, 2012)
Engel has said he believes the kidnappers were a Shiite militia group loyal to the Syrian government.
The three men were in Turkey and appeared Tuesday morning on "Today" to describe what happened.
“During the ordeal I made amends with my maker, made good with myself,” Kooistra said on "Today." “I was prepared to die many times. Moving was the hardest part. It was disconcerting to move blindfolded from house to house.”
Watch: Richard Engel's account of the ordeal via "Today":