Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the Curtis family made a direct appeal to Qatar for help. “The U.S. government does not make concessions to terrorists, which includes paying ransom,” she said.
The Nusra Front is the official branch of al Qaeda in Syria and seems to dissociate itself from the Islamic State actions, being considerate more moderate. They split off from the Islamic State earlier this year, after al Qaeda’s general command disavowed Islamic State. Mr. Curtis went to write about the civil war. He speaks four languages, including Arabic and Russian. He converted to Islam and in 2011 he published “Undercover Muslim,” a book about Islamic extremism in Yemen, under a pen name. White
House spokesman Eric Schultz communicated that “the President shares in the joy and relief that we all feel now that Theo is out of Syria and safe”, as already the international community. The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that about 20 journalists are missing in Syria and probably many of them are held by Isis. At least 67 journalists have been killed in this country since the start of the uprising.