Web video shows US journalist missing in Syria
WASHINGTON (AFP) - An Internet video has surfaced appearing to show a United States (US) reporter missing in Syria, in what would be the first direct sign of him since his disappearance in August.
Two news organisations which have employed the freelance journalist Austin Tice said the 47-second YouTube video did appear to show him, blindfolded, but that it lacked enough information to draw conclusions about his current condition or whereabouts.
The video was dated Sept 26 but only noticed Monday by Mr Tice's family and colleagues in the US.
In the video, a blindfolded man who appears to be Mr Tice is dragged out of a vehicle by several gun-toting men whose faces are not shown. He utters a few words in Arabic including "in the name of God, most gracious, most compassionate" and then "there is no God but Allah" before saying, in English, "Jesus, Jesus."