Debra, the mother of American reporter Austin Tice who has been missing in Syria for more than three years, attends a news conference at the Press Club in Beirut May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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Tice is not believed to be held by any opposition forces in Syria, and the State Department recently announced that it is in periodic contact with the Syrian government about the Texan's whereabouts.The Syrian government denies that it is holding Tice.Tice added that she has been disappointed with the U.S. efforts thus far."I think assistance would probably be an overstatement; it's something more like coexistence," she said in regard to the family's relationship with the U.S. government.On her fifth trip to Beirut to seek information about her son, Tice stressed that she had been overly ambitious about what the U.S. government would do to help. Tice added that while she appreciated the increased efforts of the U.S. government, anything but her son's return was largely meaningless.
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