U.S. Cannot Confirm Authenticity Of The Journalist Hostage Video (Video)

A 47-second video has surfaced that shows a blind-folded man being led by armed men to an unknown location, and is believed to be footage of American journalist Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in August.

But even though the State Department said it believes American journalist Austin Tice is alive and being held by the Syrian government, they are not sure if the man in the footage is actually Tice.

Tice's parents released a statement regarding the video, saying it was "comforting" to know their son was alive. At one point he cries out, "Oh Jesus, oh Jesus."

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters on Monday the department had seen the video but could not confirm whether 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 U.S. newspapers. According to Tice's Twitter profile, he is also a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer.

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