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In this image taken from undated video posted to YouTube, American freelance journalist Austin Tice, who had been reporting for American news organizations in Syria until his disappearance in August 2012, prays in Arabic and English while blindfolded in the presence of gunmen. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the origin or the content of the clip, but the Tice family released a statement to several media outlets confirming it was their son in the video. (AP Photo) In this image taken from undated video posted to YouTube, American freelance journalist Austin Tice, who had been reporting for American news organizations in Syria until his disappearance in August 2012, prays in Arabic and English while blindfolded in the presence of gunmen. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the origin or the content of the clip, but the Tice family released a statement to several media outlets confirming it was their son in the video. (AP Photo)  

Captured American journalist alive in Syrian video

Austin Tice, an American freelance journalist taken hostage in Syria August 13, appeared in a video posted Monday on a website sympathetic to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

In the footage, the former marine is seen blindfolded and being led through wilderness by masked and armed men. He is forced to recite a Muslim prayer,  but his captors do not assault him in the video.

Tice crossed over the Turkish border illegally into Syria in May and the American government has acknowledged that he is being held by the Syrian government. Some analysts have raised doubts about the authenticity of the video, the New York Times reports. The captors appear to be in Afghan clothing as opposed to Syrian and the structure of the video is not typical of usual captive videos.

Tice’s family has released the statement that it is “comforting” to see him “alive and well.”

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