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US hostage held in Syria liberated

An American held hostage for about two years by an al Qaida-linked group in Syria has been released.

The Obama administration identified the man as Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts.

National security adviser Susan Rice said Mr Curtis is now safe outside of Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Mr Curtis was held by an al Qaida-linked militant group fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Obama administration released no details about the circumstances of his abduction or his release.

The news comes days after the Islamic State group posted a web video showing the murder of James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising.

The group said the killing was in retaliation for US air strikes in northern Iraq.

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