LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Freed by Syrian extremists and now finally home, Peter Theo Curtis made his first public remarks outside his mother's house Wednesday morning.

“I had no idea when I was in prison, I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf and now finding out I'm just overwhelmed,“ Curtis told reporters.

The 45-year-old journalist was released Sunday by a Sunni extremist group after being held captive for nearly two years.

He returned to the U.S. Tuesday and was reunited with his family.

He's now asking for privacy to spend time with them.

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