American Peter Theo Curtis released in Syria by Jabhat al-Nusrah

posted at 3:31 pm on August 24, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

The good news is in the title. Multiple reports this afternoon indicate that Curtis was released by Jabhat al-Nusrah (who some of you probably already know as the al-Nusra Front) and is apparently out of enemy hands and presumably on the way home.

An American held hostage for two years by the Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist group has been released, Secretary of State John Kerry said today in a statement.

Peter Theo Curtis, an American with family ties to Massachusetts, was released, Kerry said, without offering details of how it was arranged.

“Particularly after a week marked by unspeakable tragedy, we are all relieved and grateful knowing that Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of Jabhat al-Nusrah,” Kerry said.

“For two years, this young American has been separated from his family,” he said. “Finally he is returning home.”

Details are sparse thus far, but the timing is certainly interesting. Kerry isn’t exactly taking credit for it, so how and why this happened may or may not come out as the story unfolds. The first thing to know is that al-Nusra isn’t ISIL (or ISIS or whatever you like this week). In fact, some earlier reports note that the two groups are actually in competition on the recruiting front when it comes to drafting promising young terrorists. So why would they release Curtis just now, only days after the execution of another high profile captive? A few possible reasons, just as in initial thought exercise:

We just sprang another dozen guys from Gitmo? (Nah.)

Could it be that they were watching the weekend talk shows and were frightened by Lindsey Graham’s bravado? (Well, maybe not.)

Seeing how we weren’t negotiating with their competition, was it a gesture to show us how they weren’t as bad as ISIS, so we should focus on them and take the heat off of al-Nusra?

Or were there some background negotiations going on – not necessarily with our government – which were heading this way all along and the timing is just a coincidence? Since the reports are saying that Qatar was once again involved in inking the deal, that really sounds like the most likely scenario.

No matter the reason, it’s still good news. Let’s prepare to welcome Mr. Curtis home.


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Seeing how we weren’t negotiating with their competition, was it a gesture to show us how they weren’t as bad as ISIS, so we should focus on them and take the heat off of al-Nusra?

My guess……

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Takeaway: Jabhat al-Nusrah is now the moderate Muslim terror group.

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Takeaway: Jabhat al-Nusrah is now the moderate Muslim terror group.

Akzed on August 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

They will be targeted last.

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I will hold my welcome until I find out whey a guy who is a “journalist” got capture on his way to Syria, a freaking war zone, to teach “English.”

He also said he was treated really really well. and made friends.
al-Nusrah is Al-Qaeda in Syria so they should expect to be bombed as well.

And Qatar is trying way too hard to be a power broker. It is going to eat it alive soon or alter.

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

They got their non negotiated non recognized ransom.

BL@KBIRD on August 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

They will be targeted last.

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Patiently waiting on Pres Bo to tell us who is targeted first.

charles.browning on August 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I wonder how many killers traitor john and traitor barrack gave up this time.

crosshugger on August 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

They say publicly that they don’t pay ransom to terrorists, but I think what they will do is have a third party nation pay the ransom and then you reimburse them invisibly inside multi billion dollar trade deals. It’s easily concealed. You pay an extra nickel a barrel or something.

Buddahpundit on August 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I guess 0bama’s stern face worked….

naw, money changed hands. guarantee it. no chance they did this out of fear or for goodwill.

chasdal on August 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Either somebody paid them, or they trying to go to the back of the line on the “Next to Meet a Hellfire” list…
Probably both…

Doc Holliday on August 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Either somebody paid them, or they trying to go to the back of the line on the “Next to Meet a Hellfire” list…
Probably both…

Doc Holliday on August 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I’m thinking the had a “qaddafi giving up his nukes” moment.

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I think maybe they thought ISIS went a little too far and now U.S. is gonna be really pi**ed and s**t gwan hit de fan and they don’t want none to splatter on them.

wdkeller on August 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I think maybe they thought ISIS went a little too far and now U.S. is gonna be really pi**ed and s**t gwan hit de fan and they don’t want none to splatter on them.

wdkeller on August 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Yep. I think they see that even limpd!ck obama is going to have to do something now.

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Our policy may well be we will neither negotiate nor pay ransoms, but you’ll never get me to bet against the proposition that the Administration would have others, like Qatar, negotiate and pay ransoms for the Administration.

Two facts to never forget about Obama:

1. He’s a congenital liar

2. Every promise he makes has an expiration date.

Dusty on August 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Seeing how we weren’t negotiating with their competition, was it a gesture to show us how they weren’t as bad as ISIS, so we should focus on them and take the heat off of al-Nusra?

I’m really thinking it’s more this one, Jazz.

flipflop on August 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Come on guys. The dudes in the caption are celebrating Cancer awareness month in August and beating the NFL by five weeks. Don’t let the AK’s fool you, pink is the new colour.

HonestLib on August 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Come on guys. The dudes in the caption are celebrating Cancer awareness month in August and beating the NFL by five weeks. Don’t let the AK’s fool you, pink is the new colour.

HonestLib on August 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I always observe breast awareness month…………….

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Maybe they realize that normal American instincts can actually be roused to the point where we will annihilate Islamic terrorist maniacs who piss us off sufficiently, even if instinctless bizarros like Obama drift along as if nothing is a threat except an especially tough sandtrap at his newest favorite golf course.

ISIS will be exterminated like the humanoid locusts that they are.

This jihadist gang may not wish to be included in that coming heap of charred Islamic psychopaths.

ISIS needs to be a smudge on the smoking desert and a sick, fading memory in our hard history of eliminating threats to Civilization, from the Battle of Poitiers in 732 to crushing of the Nazis and Imperial Japanese and the Fall of Communism more recently.

Piss us off enough and you dig your own grave.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Here’s something Democrats can do and feel like they are totally in the right and not committing any sort of fraud and a Republican would never do it because he knows it’s fraud: “Qatar, see if you can secure the release of the American being held in Syria and if you succeed we’ll sell you those airplanes you like”.

You might even get a fair price for those airplanes so what’s the problem?

Not saying they did that, only that they could do it and not feel dirty in the least. It’s something about liberals that has fascinated me ever since I read those climategate emails. They are talking to each other like they are legitimate scientists while at the same time talking about hiding the decline with Mike’s Nature trick. Sounds bad to us, but they think it is a scientifically sound way to conceal facts that they don’t like. All the info is still apparent in the report, if you know how to machete your way through the jungle they hid it in.

Buddahpundit on August 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Piss us off enough and you dig your own grave.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

This should be blaring from choppers speakers as we napalm their a$$es.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLJz3N8ayI

VegasRick on August 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I imagine they got scared. Hostages are not usually killed. It isn’t to their advantage to do that. ISIS went too far for even the other terror groups. If they had been dragging their feet on negotiations they probably figured they better get it done before someone drops bombs on them.

crankyoldlady on August 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

This is awesome news…really it is.

But, why aren’t the press asking more questions of Obama (especially) and Sen. Graham about nukes going off in the U.S.?

It’s like they’re not even interested…

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Not only are we NOT going to drop napalm or WP on anybody, we’ll undoubtedly make damn few missile strikes either.

How much concentrated hell did we rain down on anybody’s head after 9/11? And that was with a reasonably intact male as POTUS. We haven’t done that shit for 40 years.

With our current occupant, we will get precisely enough action to meet his political goals, and nothing else because who the hell is going to force him to do more?

Dolce Far Niente on August 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

With our current occupant, we will get precisely enough action to meet his political goals, and nothing else because who the hell is going to force him to do more?

Dolce Far Niente on August 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

When it becomes politically dis-advantageous for Obama and his gelded gang- in other words when the America populace has its instincts for survival aroused enough by the Jihadi maniacs at large- Barack will be dragged into action against the imperialistic Islamic maniacs.

Till then, you are tragically correct.

We haven’t had any leaders with the balls to destroy our enemies – (as we did in every war before Korea) for decades.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

The only difference between the goals of the ultra-violent, violent and non-violent Muslims is their level of violence.

All have the goal of an Islamic, Sharia law, world.

albill on August 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Double down and exterminate them for the kidnapping. Any action against a US citizen will be dealt with accordingly. The minute theses barbarians think they can get away with these activities they will do it. Dont permit them to think they can operate without consequences.

jaywemm on August 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

No matter the reason, it’s still good news. Let’s prepare to welcome Mr. Curtis home.

WRONG, WRONG AND WRONG.

This adminstration might have traded the blueprints for FatMan or the Saturn V rocket to these people for Curtis, for all we know. I also am sick and tired of our country being put on the hook for these journalists, clergy, educators, whatever – who seek to climb into the lion’s den only to be unhappily suprised. Yes, I do realize these folks might be CIA; but I also wonder if they are CIA, is that not part of their job to know that, it’s quite possible we won’t come to save you?

After Bergdalh, how can you even make the statement I quote above?

MistyLane on August 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Barack will be dragged into action against the imperialistic Islamic maniacs.

profitsbeard on August 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Again, who will do this and how? What is the mechanism by which we can force a lame-duck Commander-in-Chief to do what the citizenry wants?

I am afraid there isn’t one.

He is still the darling of the LSM, he is already immune to the needs of the lower ranks in his party, and he ignores the Republicans entirely. Presumably he might still listen to his actual handlers, whoever those shadowy beings might be, but maybe not.

Without earning another penny the guy is set for life and can look forward to living the lush life of a celebrity that he craves, so it may be he will ignore EVERYONE in these next 2 years.

Dolce Far Niente on August 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

All have the goal of an Islamic, Sharia law, world.

albill on August 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Well, not most of the Muslim women; thus we have weeded your comment down by 40%. And since Indonesia has over 210 million Muslims….forget my point and keep your all.

Carry on…

HonestLib on August 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

And the marine still sits in jail in Mexico while golfboy
parties.

Texyank on August 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

If Odumbo gave away the store to get this guy back then the details of that will come out later and we can deal with it then. What’s done is done and we don’t know any details so I’ll hold my indignation and what I can speculate we might have done in check. For now I’m going to take a moment to be pleased that another innocent American citizen won’t have their head separated from their shoulders in a propaganda video. Welcome home, sir.

alchemist19 on August 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Maybe Qatar wanted the US to quit looking so hard at them.

some earlier reports note that the two groups are actually in competition on the recruiting front when it comes to drafting promising young terrorists.

They’re just like the Phillies and the Yankees.

formwiz on August 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I’m guessing they saw Obama head straight back to the golf course after giving his speech about Foley and they thought there’s no way they’re gonna mess with a badass like that.

Nordic on August 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

“JVs”

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

I will hold my welcome until I find out whey a guy who is a “journalist” got capture on his way to Syria, a freaking war zone, to teach “English.”

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Pine Bluff voter

“We real.”

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Since the reports are saying that Qatar was once again involved in inking the deal, that really sounds like the most likely scenario.

Yes it does as the POS’s in Qatar, certainly in a sense, are their sponsor and we probably put pressure on the POS’s in Qatar and they pressured them.

VorDaj on August 24, 2014 at 7:12 PM

I will hold my welcome until I find out whey a guy who is a “journalist” got capture on his way to Syria, a freaking war zone, to teach “English.”

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Pine Bluff voter

“We real.”

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Senior Qatari Official: “Jabhat al Nusra are our pets but ISIS is a Saudi project!”

VorDaj on August 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Walid Shoebat June 27, 2014 -

A secret document was revealed (see References) which was issued by the Qatari Embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, revealed that Qatar was able to equip some 1,800 volunteers from North Africa to fight in Iraq’s notorious ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

The document bears the signature of the Acting Qatari Embassy in Libya, Nayef Abdullah Al Emadi, in which he wrote that “the volunteers completed military and combat training with heavy weapons, especially in the camps Zintan, Benghazi, Zawiya and Misrata in Libya” suggesting to send these fighters in three batches over the Libyan ports to Turkey, and then to enter northern Iraq through Kurdistan.

Emadi noted that “these groups will be ready by next week,” and “We call on the need to accelerate in coordination with the Turkish side to receive the fighters in the appropriate port, and let us know the appropriate dates to send those groups.”

Besides Qatar’s aid to the ISIS, the document bolsters the case of Turkey’s involvement. Turkey has aided the ISIS in the northeastern parts of Syria when terrorists like the ISIS continue to organize the theft of oil to be shipped towards Turkey and sold cheaply which funded over $800 million to terrorists including the ISIS. That including Turkey’s secret plan that was exposed via a leaked recording in which the top Turkish officials were audio taped conspiring to even use the ISIS to invade Syria.

VorDaj on August 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

And Qatar is trying way too hard to be a power broker. It is going to eat it alive soon or alter.

coolrepublica on August 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Sweetie, do you drink when you’re posting comments?

hawkdriver on August 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Pine Bluff voter

“We real.”

Schadenfreude on August 24, 2014 at 7:12 PM

lol

hawkdriver on August 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I sense a little fear on the part of some radicals.

“Please don’t bomb us.”

PattyJ on August 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM