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US journalist returns home to Boston after Syria kidnap: reports

Published on Aug 27, 2014 11:27 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An American journalist held for nearly two years by militants linked to Al-Qaeda in Syria returned to the United States late Tuesday, two days after Qatar negotiated his release, his family said. 

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey.

“I have been so touched and moved, beyond all words, by the people who have come up to me today – strangers on the airplane, the flight attendants and, most of all, my family – to say welcome home,” Curtis said in a statement.

“I am also deeply indebted to the US officials who have worked on my case. I especially want to thank the government of Qatar for intervening on my behalf.”

A handout photo released by the Curtis family August 26, 2014 shows Peter Theo Curtis (right), 45, with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport after flying from Tel Aviv to Newark, New Jersey, on Aug 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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