Who Is The High-Ranking Government Official Blocking Austin Tice’s Rescue?

Debra Tice, mother of US journalist Austin Tice who was kidnapped in Syria five years prior, holds a dated portrait of him during a press conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut on July 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID

Austin Tice is a former marine who became a freelance journalist in 2011. He traveled to Syria in 2012 where he vanished. A few months later a video was sent showing a blindfolded Tice being forced to repeat Arabic prayers while insurgents shouted “Allahu-Akbar” in the background. Since that video there has been no sign of Tice, but his parents say they are certain he is still alive. Tice’s mother, Debra, says that the Trump administration has been much more helpful in efforts to rescue her son, but an unnamed official is blocking those attempts.

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