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American Journalist Freed and Safe

theo curtis(CNN) — After nearly two years in captivity, an American journalist is home and speaking out. Peter Theo Curtis said he’s overwhelmed with emotion.

Curtis was held for nearly two years by an Al-Qaeda linked group in Syria, but was handed over by UN peacekeepers over the weekend. He’s now back in his Massachusetts home and appearing in front of cameras.

Psychologists said this could be a good sign for now. “What, unfortunately, we don’t see often is what happens weeks and months and years later, and that’s when the emotional turmoil begins,” said Harry Croft, a former Army doctor and psychiatrist.

Law enforcement sources said the US was not involved in negotiations to free Curtis, but was aware of the private efforts to secure the release.