State Dept. marks 8-year anniversary of Austin Tice’s disappearance

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna Austria, Friday Aug. 14, 2020. Pompeo is on a five-day visit to central Europe. (Lisi Niesner/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 11:50 AM PT – Friday, August 14, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. remains committed to getting captive U.S. citizen Austin Tice back home. In a statement Friday, he noted Tice disappeared in Syria on this day in 2012.

With the exception of a single video that was taken shortly after his disappearance, he hasn’t been heard from since. Tice is nearing 3,000 days in captivity.

Pompeo noted the U.S. government has repeatedly attempted to engage Syrian officials seeking his release.

President Trump referred to Tice in March when stating that the U.S. government remains committed to recovering Americans held captive abroad.

“We have one young gentleman, Austin Tice, and we’re working very hard with Syria to get him out, we hope the Syrian government will do that,” stated the president. “We are counting on them to do that, we’ve written a letter just recently, but he’s been there for a long time.”

Pompeo said the government is doing its “utmost” to ensure Tice’s long-overdue release and return home.

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