Biden meets with family of Marine veteran abducted in Syria

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Biden meets with family of Marine veteran abducted in Syria

President Joe Biden met Monday with the parents of veteran Marine captain who was working as a freelance journalist when captured in Syria in 2012.

Biden met with Marc and Debra Tice, parents of Austin Tice, 40, on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Pskai told media outlets.

“During their meeting, the President reiterated his commitment to continue to work through all available avenues to secure Austin’s long overdue return to his family,” the Hill reported.

The Tice family did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Marine Corps Times on Tuesday.

Debra Tice was introduced Saturday night as being in attendance at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where Biden paid tribute in his remarks to journalists who are missing or detained. Biden also said at the event that he wanted to meet with the Tices to speak about their son.

Renewed attention to Tice’s case has come following the return of Marine veteran Trevor Reed, 30, who had been held in Russia in a prisoner exchange in recent weeks.

 A picture taken in March 2012, shows freelance photographer Austin Tice in an undisclosed location.
A picture taken in March 2012, shows freelance photographer Austin Tice in an undisclosed location.
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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.
In this image taken from an 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.
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Tice was working in Syria when he was adducted.
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Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, who is missing in Syria for nearly six years, speak during a press conference, at the Press Club, in Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 4, 2018.
President Biden met with Austin’s parents Marc and Debra Tice.
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A picture taken in July 2012 shows freelance photographer Austin Tice in an undisclosed location.
Renewed attention to Tice’s case has come following the return of Marine veteran Trevor Reed who had been held in Russia in a prisoner exchange in recent weeks.
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Reed had been detained by Russian officials while visiting the country in 2017. He later was convicted based on evidence US Ambassador John Sullivan called “laughable” after allegedly assaulting Russian police officers following a night of drinking.

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