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American journalist Lindsey Snell has been arrested in Turkey and charged with violating a military zone, US officials have confirmed.

US state department spokesman John Kirby said Lindsey Snell was arrested earlier this month.

Lindsey Snell, a native of Daytona, Florida, recently posted on Facebook that she was kidnapped in July by Jabhat al Nusra, formerly al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, and had escaped.

The US said it was in touch with Turkish officials regarding the case.

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Lindsey Snell is being held at a prison in the southern Hatay Province and US consular officials had visited her on August 26, John Kirby added.

According to her Facebook page, the American journalist had been living in Istanbul.

She describes herself on her Twitter page as a video journalist.

Lindsey Snell also has worked as a senior foreign correspondent and producer for Vocativ since March 2014, according to her LinkedIn page.

She also attended University of Florida and Fordham University’s School of Law, according to her social media profiles.

Lindsey Snell said in her most recent Facebook post on August 5 that she was held in a cave prison by militants even though she was given permission to film in their territory in Syria.

Her post said: “I must apologize to my friends and colleagues for all the pain and worry this caused you. I love you all, and I appreciate every effort made to secure my release.”

Lindsey Snell, who identified herself as Muslim, said she had been staying with the family of one of the militant group’s recent martyrs when she was “arrested.”

“Because of my unique situation, I was able to convince my captors to give me the use of a phone…which ultimately let me plan my escape, but which also let me document much of my captivity in photos and video,” her post continued.

On August 7, Lindsey Snell was taken into custody by Turkish authorities.

American journalist Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term in Iran, the country’s judiciary has said.

The sentence follows the Washington Post reporter’s conviction last month on charges that include espionage.

Iranian officials did not give details about the sentence but said in a statement it included jail time.

Jason Rezaian, 39, has been detained in Iran for more than a year. The Post has dismissed the charges as absurd.

“In brief, it is a prison sentence,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said in a statement on Iranian state TV.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei added that the verdict is “not finalized” – referring to an expected appeal.Jason Rezaian detained in Iran

Jason Rezaian’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, told the Associated Press news agency she had not been informed of the verdict or the details of the sentence.

The foreign editor of the Washington Post, Douglas Jehl, said in a statement that Jason Rezaian’s “trial and sentence are a sham, and he should be released immediately”. He added that the journalist had already spent 487 days in prison.

Jason Rezaian, his wife, who is also a journalist, and two photojournalists were arrested in July 2014 in Iran. Jason Rezaian was the only one of the group not to be released.

The Washington Post‘s Tehran bureau chief since 2012, Jason Rezaian was charged with espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic.

Jason Rezaian is a dual Iranian-American citizen and was tried in four hearings behind closed doors. He was convicted in October.

Earlier reports said Jason Rezaian could face 10 to 20 years in prison.