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      Journalist freed by extremist group returns to U.S.

      (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - American journalist Peter Curtis is now back in the United States after being freed by an extremist group in Syria.

      Officials say an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Syria held Curtis for 22 months.

      In a statement, Curtis says he has been "touched and moved" by the warm reception and is "deeply indebted" to those who worked for his release.

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