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Syria denies it detained US journalist, on 10th anniversary of disappearance

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17.08.2022

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denied on Wednesday it is holding US journalist Austin Tice or other Americans after US President Joe Biden accused the Syrian government of detaining him.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is holding any American citizen on its territories.”

“The US issued last week misleading and illogical statements by the American president and secretary of state that included baseless accusations against Syria that it had kidnapped or detained American citizens including former US Marine Austin Tice,” the statement said.

Biden’s comments last week came in a statement released by the White House to mark the 10th anniversary of Tice’s abduction, which took place when he was in Syria covering its lengthy conflict. Biden’s remarks were the clearest indication so far that the US is certain Tice is being held by the government of President Bashar Assad.

“We know with certainty that he has been held by the Government of Syria,” Biden said in his statement last week. “We have repeatedly asked the government of........

© The Times of Israel


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