BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) –The Syrian authorities have released a U.S. citizen from its prison system after Lebanon’s security chief Abbas Ibrahim mediated between Damascus and the unnamed person’s family.

According to a Lebanese security official who spoke to the Reuters News Agency, the released American was not journalist Austin Tice, who was kidnapped inside Syria in 2012.

The security official did not reveal the name of the released American, but said it was not Austin Tice, a journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012.

The official said that Lebanon’s security chief Abbas Ibrahim had conducted the mediation.

Lebanon has worked on mediating through General Abbas Ibrahim to release an American and he was handed over to his family already. The American is not Tice because it is not known where he is,” the security official said.

Several U.S. citizens have been held in Syria since the war began there in 2011, including people held by jihadist groups such as Islamic State.

The United States has declined to say who it believes is holding Tice, but has said it believes he is alive and has sought the help of the Syrian government’s close ally Russia to free him.

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So what was this U.S. citizen doing in Syria – was he a mercenary, military contractor, spy, weapons smuggler, another journalist (but not Austin Tice)?