A 47-second video clip posted to YouTube last Wednesday shows U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice being held by a group of armed and masked men. The 31-year-old Georgetown law student, who had been filing dispatches from Syria, has been missing since mid-August.
Hannah Allam writes:
Terrorism experts expressed skepticism about the video, saying the production quality, style and method of release don’t match videos typically posted by extremist groups such as al Qaida or its affiliates.
“There’s so much odd about it,” said Will McCants, a former government adviser on violent extremism and author of the Jihadica website. “There’s no production level, no title page, nothing to indicate it was an al Qaida group. This is just a raw clip of footage.”
Tice has been freelancing for several news outlets, including McClatchy and the Washington Post.