Date
23 November 2017
Peter Theo Curtis is shown in this undated video grab. Curtis was released by his Al-Qaeda-linked captors without any ransom being paid, according to his family. Photo: Reuters
Peter Theo Curtis is shown in this undated video grab. Curtis was released by his Al-Qaeda-linked captors without any ransom being paid, according to his family. Photo: Reuters

Freed American journalist now in US hands

An American journalist released by his captors in Syria on Sunday has been handed over to the custody of United States officials, the New York Times reports.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, from Boston, was held captive by an Al-Qaeda affiliate after his capture near the Syria-Turkish border in October 2012.

Theo’s release came just days after fellow American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, the radical, self-proclaimed State in Iraq and Syria.

The United Nations confirmed that Curtis had been transferred to the custody of UN peacekeepers in the disputed Golan Heights and subsequently released to US officials.

Nancy Curtis, the journalist’s mother, said his release was secured without any ransom payment, one of the primary motivations for such abductions.

It’s not known what his captors received, if anything, for releasing him.

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