1. FREEDOM

    American Journalist Released From Syria

    Nusra Front

    Peter Theo Curtis, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria almost two years ago, has been freed and handed over to the United Nations. The release of Curtis comes just days after another U.S. journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS. Back in June, a video of Curtis was released that showed him slightly disheveled but in good health. His release was negotiated by Qatar, and relatives say no randsom was paid to his captors, al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front. He had been abducted in Antakya, Turkey, while trying to enter Syria, and was released in the Golan Heights area on the Israeli border. Multiple journalists have been abducted covering the Syrian civil war, and many are still missing.

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