Released Syrian hostage thankful for world's support
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:51
After two years of captivity in Syria, American writer Peter Theo Curtis thanked all the ''brave, determined and big-hearted people'' who helped coordinate his release. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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American writer Peter Theo Curtis, 45, released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria, spoke to the media on Wednesday (August 27) and thanked the world for the support he has received.
"In the days following my release on Sunday, I have learned bit by bit that there have been literally hundreds of people, brave, determined and big-hearted people, all over the world working for my release... And now, having found out, I am just overwhelmed with emotion," said Curtis.
Curtis went missing in 2012 and was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, whose rivals, the militant group Islamic State, last week killed journalist James Foley. Curtis was released on Sunday.
After thanking Americans for their support, he told the media he needed time with his family before speaking about his experience.
"I have to bond with my mother and my family now and I can't give you an interview," said Curtis.
Curtis arrived in the United States late on Tuesday, U.S. media reported. He landed in Newark on a flight from Tel Aviv and then flew on to Boston, where he was greeted by his mother, the New York Times reported, citing a family statement.
Last week, Islamic State released a video showing his beheading and threatening to kill another American journalist being held hostage, Steven Sotloff.
Curtis' release comes against the backdrop of efforts to free other U.S. hostages in Syria. On Monday, sources familiar with the matter said Qatar, whose diplomacy helped free Curtis, is working to help free four other Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups.
At the same time, the United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials say.
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