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Dorothy Parvaz released

DOHA, QATAR - Al Jazeera has confirmed the release of its journalist, Dorothy Parvaz who was detained in Syria upon her arrival in Damascus while on an assignment, and then deported to Iran.

Parvaz landed in Doha, Qatar on May 18 on a flight from Iran.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said: "I'm delighted to let you know that Dorothy Parvaz has been released and is safe and well and back with us in Doha.  She has been in contact with her family, and we are with her now to find out more about her ordeal over the last 19 days."

Her fiancé Todd Barker, posted on Facebook: "She is safe in Doha and will be coming to Vancouver BC soon. We can't wait to see her."

Barker, who is planning to marry Parvaz this summer, was with her family when he heard the news.

He thanked US and Canadian officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and all of those who had rallied in support of his fiancé.

For a complete list of Dorothy's feature articles on Al Jazeera, view her profile.

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