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American journalist Peter Curtis released by Islamist rebel captors


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American journalist Peter Curtis released by Islamist rebel captors

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 24, 2014

Following the horrifying beheading of American journalist James Foley last week, Peter Theo Curtis, another American journalist being held captive in Syria, was released by his captors on Sunday.

Islamist rebels initially were threatening to kill another hostage after the death of Foley.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written announcement, "Particularly after a week marked by unspeakable tragedy, we are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of Jabhat Al-Nusra," reports CNN.

Curtis was abducted in 2012. It remains unclear whether he was on assignment at the time of his capture.

According to CNN, White House national security adviser Susan Rice confirmed that Curtis is no longer in Syria, and said, "We expect he will be reunited with his family shortly."

"The United States was not involved in negotiations for his release, but was aware of private efforts to secure the release, two U.S. law enforcement officials said. It's not known whether any ransom was paid," CNN details. "The United Nations said Curtis was handed over to U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, which is under Israeli government control, and was given a medical checkup."

Meanwhile, Foley's family held a memorial service for him on Sunday.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.