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Freed Massachusetts Journalist Returns to the U.S.

peter theoBOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — After being held captive for nearly two years by Syrian militants, writer and journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned to the United States today.

According to a statement released by his family, Curtis flew from Tel Aviv, Israel to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey late Tuesday afternoon — just two days after his captors released him.

He was then reunited with his mother, Nancy Curtis, at Logan Airport in Boston after a connecting flight.

“I have been so touched and moved, beyond all words, by the people who have come up to me today — strangers on the airplane, the flight attendants and, most of all, my family to say welcome home,” Curtis said, according to the statement.

Curtis also thanked the U.S. officials who have worked on his case and the government of Qatar.

His mother said she’s “overwhelmed” to have her son home.

“I am overwhelmed with relief that this day has come and my son is standing beside me,” Nancy Curtis said. “But this is a sober occasion because of the events of the past week. My heart goes out to the other families who are suffering.”


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