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American released after being held by Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria
Family credits Qatar for securing U.S. journalist's release in Syria

An American journalist and author who spent almost two years in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked captors in Syria was released Sunday after a successful negotiation for which his family credits the Qatari ruling family. Exactly what, if anything, was promised to the group was not disclosed. The Obama administration and the family said they did not pay a ransom, although their careful language appeared to leave room for the possibility that someone else did. Peter Theo Curtis was turned over to U.N. peacekeepers on Sunday morning in a Syrian village in the Golan Heights. After a medical checkup, he was delivered into the hands of the U.S. military on a journey that will eventually lead back...

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