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American freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage for nearly two years by the terror group Jabhat Al-Nusrah in Syria, has been released, the State Department said Sunday.

“We are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Curtis, a resident of Massachusetts and Vermont, is also an author fluent in Arabic and French, according to his family.

“My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people… who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped us over these many months,” said Curtis’ mother, Nancy Curtis, of Cambridge, Mass. “Please know that we will be eternally grateful.”