NEW YORK - The US State Department has said it believes American journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in August, is alive and being held by the Syrian government.
A shaky, 47-second video surfaced on Monday that appeared to show Tice, blindfolded and being led by a group of masked men up a rocky pathway. At one point he is pushed to his knees and cries out, "Oh Jesus, oh Jesus."
US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters on Monday the department had seen the video but could not confirm it was Tice, or whether the scene was authentic or had been staged.
Tice, 31, is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post and other US newspapers. According to Tice's Twitter profile, he is also a former US Marine Corps infantry officer.