American Hostage Held in Syria Freed After Nearly 2 Years

American Hostage Held in Syria Freed After Nearly 2 Years
As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve 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 U.S. officials, a journalism community and family members deeply unnerved by the grisly video of James Foley's beheading in a desolate desert landscape. Curtis's release appeared to have been aided by the oil-rich nation of Qatar, which said Sunday that it
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