Skeptical online reaction to Austin Tice video
A video said to show US journalist Austin Tice captive in Syria has appeared online. Austin's parents have confirmed that the man in the video is their son, who has been missing since mid-August. However, many suspect that the scenario is being played out for the cameras.
- Mr Tice's parents, Marc and Debra Tice, released a statement saying: Though it is difficult to see our son in such a setting and situation as that depicted in the video, it is reassuring that he appears to be unharmed. It is evident that the current events in Syria are challenging and difficult for everyone involved. Our wish is that peace and stability can once again return to the people of Syria and that our eldest son, Austin, will soon be safely returned to our family
- In the video, the captors are wearing Afghan-style salwar khameez — tunic and pants — that appear to be freshly pressed and clean. The video would mark the first time Syrian rebels have been seen wearing such clothes, said Joseph Holliday, who researches Syrian rebel groups at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War.
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