QATAR MEDIATES RELEASE OF JOURNALIST
Peter Theo Curtis was turned over to UN peacekeepers in a Syrian village in the Golan Heights after 22 months in captivity at the hands of an Al Qaeda-linked faction, most likely the Jabhat Al Nusra. The American journalist and author was released after a successful negotiation which involved the Qatari government, though no details concerning the terms of release are known currently. It is understood that a ransom was not paid. “We were repeatedly told by representatives of the Qatari government that they were mediating for Theo's release on a humanitarian
In the same week as the horrific beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley, his countryman Peter Theo Curtis, who had been captured in Syria almost two years ago, was released.
basis without the payment of money,” Nancy Curtis, mother of the released journalist, said in a statement. Qatar's foreign ministry has also said in a statement that it “exerted relentless efforts to release the American journalist, out of Qatar's belief in the principle of humanity and its keenness on the lives of individuals and their right to freedom and dignity.” This the third high-profile and successful hostage negotiation that the state has mediated after the release of a group of nuns held captive in Syria and American solider Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in Afghanistan.