Peter Theo Curtis, an American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria, pauses while talking to reporters near his mother's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts August 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
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A U.S. writer freed this week after being held captive for two years by Syrian insurgents on Wednesday thanked those who had worked for his release and said he was emotionally overwhelmed by his welcome home.Peter Theo Curtis, who was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, said he had no idea while he was imprisoned that there had been hundreds of people around the world pushing for his release. In a written statement released overnight, Curtis also thanked the government of Qatar and U.S. officials for working to free him. Curtis, who was freed on Sunday, said numerous strangers had approached him to welcome him back to the United States.
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