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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.

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