The parents of journalist Austin Tice, who have been detained in Syria since 2012, "100% sure" he is alive


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The parents of American journalist Austin Tice, who have been detained in Syria for nearly a decade, are “100% certain” that their son is alive. Mark and Debra Tais met President Biden at the White House last week.

In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Marc Tice said he and his wife Debra had “indicators” and “discussions” to assure Austin was alive in captivity. They also “didn’t get anything to the contrary,” Marc said.

Austin Tice, a now 40-year-old freelance journalist, was detained in August 2012 during the Syrian civil war. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, McClatchy and CBS News. At the time of his disappearance, few Western journalists came from Syria because of the dangers of war and the brutality of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Debra Tice attended the White House Press Association Dinner on Saturday, April 29th. After being recognized by association president (and CBS news reporter) Steven Portnoy, President Biden invited Tyce to meet him. Until Monday, Debra and Marc Tice were sitting in the office.

“It was an uplifting, informative and very cooperative meeting,” Mark Tice said. “We didn’t meet the President, we did. with President and his top aides. So we really had a conversation.”

Tices praised Biden for information about his son’s situation and engagement.

Referring to herself in third person, Debra Tice said, “The president is very candid. Austin’s mom is very candid. So we talked to each other candidly.”

end of april Trevor Reed has been released In Russia in the prisoner of war exchange. Although the US cut diplomatic ties with Damascus in early 2012, Mark and Debra Tais gave hope that such a swap could be implemented at the trough of US-Russia relations.

“What the Syrians have been asking for since 2014 is the only thing we’ve been asking for, direct engagement,” said Debra Tice.

They note that the circumstances under which Reed was held captive were different from those of their son. Still, Tices believes that, although diplomatically demanding, a prisoner exchange with Syria is the quickest way to get Austin home.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Austin Tice served as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

After nearly a decade without a son, Marc Tice said she felt guilty about enjoying life’s pleasures, while Debra felt she felt obligated to doubly enjoy it to explain “Austin’s joy”.

“There is always a hole in my family’s organization,” said Mark.

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