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8-25 -2012 - by Roger Chartier:

American journalist Austin Tice is missing during this war in Syria


Austin Tice reporter - UPDATE: April 8, 2013 AUSTIN IS STILL MISSING.

The McClatchy news agency

Reported the 31 year old Austin Tice missing in Syria on this past Friday August 24, 2012 while doing journalism there.

Tice is/was an American freelance journalist /Georgetown University Law student, and a former US marine who was working over the border in Syria sans visa doing work for multiple news agencies and operating undercover since May of this year.

Here is a video first seen on a website from October 2, 2012 showing him held captive by some Islamists and made to recite the prayer before an execution. He is not executed in the video, however.

Here are older posts about Austin Tice:

This is his last Tweet on August 11: 2012
Spent the day at an FSA pool party with music by @taylorswift13. They even brought me whiskey. Hands down, best birthday ever.

He was involved in contributions to the McClatchy news agency, CBS News, Al-Jazeera in English, Washington Post, the Agence France-Presse news agency, as well as the MCT Photo Service.

He is from Houston, Tx and his parents Marc and Debra Tice are worried.

“We’re focused intensively on trying to ascertain his whereabouts and ensure his safe return,” says Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli. “Austin is a talented and courageous journalist whose work has helped to shape the world’s understanding of this humanitarian and political crisis.”

It is thought that possibly he left there and currently is in hiding or was injured or possibly killed.

At this time, there are people looking around for him but no news has come back as to his whereabouts.

If you have any information about Austin Tice contact the McClatchy Washington bureau's chief of correspondents, at

Damascus Syria has a Chech embassy that is in operation in the country, and the USA is in touch with them and seeking information as to Austin's whereabouts.

Austin created a series of photographs while there, and they are available on Flickr at

These photos tell a lot about what Syria is now and was like during this war.

Syria is the most dangerous place to be in the world for a reporter right now.

Between the Syrian freedom fighters and the government forces bombardments and attacks there has been a loss of 10 international journalists and 10 more local journalists since the beginning of the war.

UPDATE 8-31-2012:

The Chech Ambassador to Syria, Eva Filipi on August 27 told a Chech TV interviewer that she had gotten information that Tice was being detained by the Syrian government.

She stated: “Our sources report that he is alive and that he was detained by government forces on the outskirts of Damascus, where the rebels were fighting government troops,” “Our additional steps were halted by the fact that the report came at the beginning of the final holidays of Ramadan, and therefore we had a week off in Syria. Some of our contacts were not in Damascus.”

More information came on a Syrian radio broadcast that mentioned that he was a captive.
More efforts by the Chech Ambassador to learn more about his welfare were restrained by the lack of people and communications due to the holiday of Ramadan.

If more information comes to this news source in the future concerning Austin Trice, I will post it, or a link to it on this site.