The Trump administration believes lacking U.S. journalist Austin Tice, thought to have been captured in Syria six years in the past, remains to be alive.
“We imagine him to be alive,” State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated on the sixth anniversary of his disappearance. “We stay deeply involved about his well-being, and we’re actively working to deliver Austin Tice dwelling.”
Nauert declined to supply particulars concerning the U.S. conclusion or the place Tice is considered held, and by whom.
Tice was a 31-year-old freelance photojournalist working for AFP, McClatchy Information, The Washington Submit, CBS, and different information organizations when he was detained at a checkpoint close to Damascus on August 14, 2012.
A former Marine, he appeared blindfolded within the custody of an unidentified group of armed males in a video a month later.
Since then, there was no official phrase about whether or not he’s alive or lifeless.
Earlier this 12 months, the U.S. authorities introduced a reward of $1 million for details about Tice.
Talking to the Submit, his mother and father stated they hoped the Trump administration would open direct talks with the Syrian authorities to safe his launch.
“We actually do imagine that this administration has a higher dedication to deliver folks dwelling,” his mom, Debra Tice, stated.
With U.S.-Syria relations damaged off, Nauert declined to reply immediately when requested whether or not direct talks with Damascus on Tice have been potential.
“I can guarantee you that we’re doing every little thing that we are able to to attempt to deliver him dwelling,” she stated.