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Syria Denies It Is Holding American Journalist Austin Tice

Syria Denies It Is Holding American Journalist Austin Tice

Wednesday, 17 August, 2022 - 09:30
American journalist Austin Tice (portrait on the left) was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Here his parents, Debra and Marc Tice, give a press conference in Beirut in 2018. (Getty Images/AFP)

Syria denied on Wednesday it is holding US journalist Austin Tice or other Americans after President Joe Biden accused the Syrian government of detaining him.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is holding any American citizen on its territories.”

Biden’s comments last week came in a statement released by the White House to mark the 10th anniversary of Tice’s abduction, which took place when he was in Syria covering its lengthy conflict.

Biden's remarks were the clearest indication so far that the US is certain Tice is being held by the government of President Bashar Assad.

Tice went missing shortly after his 31st birthday on Aug. 14, 2012 at a checkpoint in a contested area west of the capital Damascus. A video released a month later showed him blindfolded and held by armed men, saying “Oh, Jesus.” He has not been heard from since.

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