U.S. Writer Held by Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Freed After Nearly 2 Years

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By: Rukmini Callimachi | New York Times

Held for nearly two years in a prison run by an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria, an American freelance writer was unexpectedly freed on Sunday, following extensive mediation by Qatar, the tiny Gulf emirate and United States ally that has successfully negotiated the release of numerous Western hostages in exchange for multimillion-dollar ransoms.

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