American Held Captive By Al-Qaeda Freed After Nearly 2 Years


An American journalist kidnapped and held by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria has been freed, the United States said Sunday, ending his nearly two years in captivity.

Peter Theo Curtis was abducted in Antakya, Turkey, from where he planned to enter Syria in October 2012, Al Jazeera reports. He was being held by the al-Nusra front in Syria before his release.

The United Nations facilitated Curtis’ release, it said Sunday, though it remains unclear where Curtis was exchanged.

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Sunday that Curtis “will be reunited with his family shortly.” In a separate statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that “for two years, this young American has been separated from his family. Finally he is returning home.”

“Theo’s mother, whom we’ve known from Massachusetts and with whom we’ve worked during this horrific period, simply refused to give up and has worked…

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