US journalist freed in Syria after 2 years in captivity


American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released by his kidnappers to UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, Syria after being held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. The Qatari government is said to have negotiated his release.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the release on Sunday, adding the US is using “every diplomatic, intelligence and military tool” to negotiate the release of other US journalist held hostage in Syria.

The UN confirmed the release on its website. “The United Nations can confirm that it facilitated the handover of Peter Theo Curtis. He was handed over to UN peacekeepers in Al Rafid village, Quneitra, the Golan Heights, at 6:40 p.m. (local time) on 24 August 2014,” the statement said.

“After receiving a medical checkup, Mr. Curtis was handed over to representatives of his government,” the statement added.

A senior UN official told Reuters that Qatar helped secure the journalist’s release by means of negotiation.

Curtis’ family said in a statement it was “deeply grateful to the governments of the United States and Qatar and to the many individuals, private and public, who helped negotiate the release of our son, brother and cousin.”

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