Freed Journalist Arrives Back in US
Peter Curtis 'moved beyond words' by welcome back
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2014 12:12 AM CDT
This image provided by the Curtis family shows Nancy Curtis, left, and her son, Peter Theo Curtis, right, in Boston yesterday.   (AP Photo/Curtis Family)

(Newser) – Peter Curtis has made it back to the US and been reunited with his mother after nearly two years in the hands of Syrian militants. "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," the journalist said after flying from Tel Aviv to Boston via Newark, arriving at Logan Airport yesterday evening. Curtis, who was freed by the Nusra Front group over the weekend, said he was "deeply indebted" to those who worked for his release, reports the AP.

His mother, Nancy, tells CNN that she is "overwhelmed by relief" to have her son back, but that it's hard to be "in the mood of celebration" because of the execution of Curtis' fellow journalist James Foley and the continued captivity of others. "After the events of the last week and knowing those other children of my friends are in danger, you know, I have very conflicted emotions," she says. "I've come to know the other families as well, and these kids have a lot in common." She says that when she learned her son had been freed, Foley's mother was the first person she told.

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Roddy Pfeiffer
Aug 27, 2014 8:04 AM CDT
His mullet frightened his captors and they released him.
Aug 27, 2014 6:24 AM CDT
...and with his head still attached? Lucky devil.
Aug 27, 2014 5:32 AM CDT
This is good news. Nusra Front group is different from the people who were holding James Foley and obviously are not all as blood thirsty. All these militant groups are not the same, and should not all be considered the same. They have different leaders and different aims. The Mideast has turned into the wild west thanks to 1st world countries going in there and destabilizing the region. Now there will be a lot of death and destruction, most of which has nothing to do with the USA. This is mainly about Sunni and Shia rivalries, which is really not about religion, it is about which group controls all the power and all the money, and who gets to do the business.The Western press likes to create a threat to the West, so our super rich bankers and businesspeople can go there on the taxpayer money, to enter into all the strife and get their share of the business. You have the internet. Do some research on your own. News outlets only tell you what they want you to know. Most news articles are government press releases. 17 things you should know about ISIS by Zack Beauchamp