Family, Friends Relieved That Journalist Peter Theo Curtis Has Been Freed From Syria

In this image made from undated video obtained by The Associated Press, a man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage by an al-Qaida linked group in Syria, delivers a statement. (AP Photo)

A man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage by an al-Qaida linked group in Syria, delivers a statement. (AP)

Before journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley was killed by Islamic militants, he devised a way to get a letter to his family. He asked a fellow hostage to memorize his words, and deliver them upon her release.

Foley’s family posted his last letter Sunday night. In it, he writes: “I have had weak days and strong days. We are so grateful when anyone is freed; but of course we yearn for our own freedom.”

The family of scholar and journalist Peter Theo Curtis is feeling that profound gratitude upon news last night that Curtis, who had been taken hostage in 2012 by Syria’s Al Nusra Front, has been released. Curtis grew up in Massachusetts and holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts.

Family members say they don’t know when Curtis will return to the United States. He is now in Tel Aviv receiving medical care.


Kirk Kardashian, longtime friend of Peter Theo Curtis and a senior writer for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He tweets @kirkkardashian.

Bryan Bender, reporter for The Boston Globe Washington bureau. He tweets @GlobeBender.


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  • “My understanding was that he’s being taken to Tel Aviv and given further health examinations and then he’s going to be flying back to Boston, maybe [Monday] or maybe [Tuesday] — I’m not sure; we don’t know.”

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  • “Curtis’s 22 months in captivity were kept from the public at his family’s request since he was nabbed near the Syrian border in October 2012 by Al Nusra Front, one of the groups seeking to topple President Bashir Assad of Syria.”

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