Freelance reporter Austin Tice missing, was last in Syria

Austin Tice “has been incommunicado for more than a week, his whereabouts unknown since exchanging email with a colleague,” Hannah Allam reports. Tice had been in Syria reporting for McClatchy, The Washington Post, CBS News, Al Jazeera English and other organizations, Allam writes.

Tice was due to leave Damascus for Lebanon after Aug. 11; the trip “often takes days because of the fighting en route,” Allam writes. “The Damascus suburb where he was last known to have been has faced heavy bombardment in recent days that has made communications difficult.”

McClatchy says it’s working with other news organizations and the U.S. State Department to find Tice. Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli told Allam he’s “focused intensively” on getting Tice home.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Hannah Allam’s name.

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