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Released U.S. hostage says he's overwhelmed by welcome home

Curtis held by al-Qaida wing in Syria for nearly two years

Peter Theo Curtis, who was released on Sunday from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria, talks to reporters near his mother’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts August 27, 2014. Curtis, 45, returned to the United States late Tuesday after being released on Sunday. He was captured in 2012 and held by Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s official wing in Syria and rivals to the militant group Islamic State. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Peter Theo Curtis, who was released on Sunday from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria, talks to reporters near his mother’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts August 27, 2014. Curtis, 45, returned to the United States late Tuesday after being released on Sunday. He was captured in 2012 and held by Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s official wing in Syria and rivals to the militant group Islamic State. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

WASHINGTON — An American writer released this week after nearly two years of captivity in Syria said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of attention he received after returning home, he told reporters on Wednesday.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, returned to the United States late Tuesday after being released on Sunday. He was captured in 2012 and held by Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s official wing in Syria and rivals to the militant group Islamic State.

“I am overwhelmed with emotion,” he said, speaking for the first time publicly at a briefing outside his family’s home in Massachusetts, adding that he needs to spend time with his family.

“I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts — and to all those people I say a huge thank you from ... the bottom of my heart,” he added.

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