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US: American journalist held in Syria for two years has been freed

  // Sunday, 24 August 2014 15:40 //

WASHINGTON -- An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday less than a week

after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

The freed American is Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts. He wrote under the byline Theo Padnos, officials and family members said.

White House national security adviser Susan Rice said Curtis is now safe outside of Syria. Secretary of

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