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American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

Associated Press
Published: 08.25.14, 07:49 / Israel News

WASHINGTON - The nation found something of a reprieve from the killing of an American journalist with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

 

Peter Theo Curtis, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos, was freed Sunday, offering consolation to US officials, a journalism community
and family members deeply unnerved by the grisly video of James Foley's beheading in a desolate desert landscape.

 

Curtis' release appeared to have been aided by the oil-rich nation of Qatar, which said Sunday that it had "exerted relentless efforts" to win the American's freedom. Qatar is a leading supporter of the Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad and has been involved in mediating past hostage releases.

 

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