American held in Syria for almost two years is released

August 25, 2014 1:57 AM

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American held in Syria for almost two years is released

(CNN) -- An American journalist held in Syria by Islamist rebels for close to two years was released on Sunday.

"My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people, too many to name individually, who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped us over these many months," said Curtis' mother, Nancy Curtis. "Please know that we will be eternally grateful."

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