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Journalist grateful to those who saved him

A US journalist said he was overwhelmed to learn so many "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were behind efforts to secure his release from a Syrian extremist group.

Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed on Sunday after 22 months in captivity, wore sandals and a grey T-shirt in his first public appearance. He returned to the US on Tuesday night.


"I have learned bit by bit that there have been hundreds of people, brave determined and big-hearted people all over the world, working for my release. They've been working for two years on this," he said outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mr Curtis (45), of Boston, was released by al Nusra Front, a Sunni extremist group.

He said he is also grateful for the many people who have welcomed him back.

Last week, American journalist James Foley, who was also kidnapped in 2012, was killed.