In October of 2012, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was kidnapped by the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusrah. After two years of being in terrorist hands, Curtis is finally going home to his family.
From the Daily Mail:
Curtis, 45, was abducted in Antakya, Turkey, in October 2012 from where he planned to enter Syria to teach English, according to Al Jazeera. He was held by the Nusra Front, the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, which has broken with the more radical ISIS.
The United Nations said it helped with the handover to U.N. peacekeepers in a village in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights and that Curtis was released to American authorities after a medical checkup.
The news of Curtis’s liberation comes only days after ISIS murdered and beheaded American journalist James Foley.
The New York Times obtained a video dated June 30 in which Curtis begged for his life and said he only had “three days left.” According to his mother Nancy, no ransom was paid for the release of her son.
As the news of Curtis’s fate is something to celebrate, especially after the unspeakable atrocity done to James Foley, there are other American journalists who are being held by terrorist groups in Syria.
The United States and the U.K. have refused to negotiate ransom payments to Jabhat al-Nusrah and other groups, because they finance their operations through kidnappings. Some ISIS members have even bragged that they have enough money to “retire to Qatar,” after being paid ransom money for other hostages by various European countries.
The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that Syria is the most dangerous country in the world for journalism, with over 67 journalists killed there since 1992. And with more Americans being held by terrorists in the country, we can only hope for more good news like Curtis’s release.