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Freed U.S. hostage heading home from Iraq

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Roy Hallums is shown in a video released in January, apparently by his kidnappers.

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(CNN) -- Rescued American hostage Roy Hallums was on his way back to the United States on Friday after 10 months in captivity in Iraq.

Coalition forces freed Hallums and an Iraqi on Wednesday after getting a tip from an Iraqi detainee, the military said. They were found in a farmhouse 15 miles south of Baghdad.

Hallums left Balad Air Base on a U.S. Air Force C-17, the military said in a statement.

Hallums and five others who worked for a Saudi-based food contractor were taken hostage in an attack in Baghdad November 1. Hallums was kept in captivity but the others were freed.

Before leaving, Hallums thanked his rescuers in a written statement.

"Their continuous efforts were invaluable to the entire process.

"I would also like to give credit to my family, who never gave up hope that I would be eventually released and return home to them. Their contact with various government agencies and the press helped keep the efforts to rescue me moving forward."

He thanked the media for covering his case, and asked for some privacy while he adjusted to being back home.

A video of Hallums was released in January, in which he said he worked with American forces and was "arrested by a resistance group in Iraq."

Hallums called from Baghdad on Wednesday, his ex-wife Susan Hallums told CNN.

Speaking by phone from her home in California, she told CNN Hallums told her he had been "tied and bound" and cannot walk well.

Otherwise, he said he is doing OK, she told CNN. The military said he is doing well and has received medical care.

She said Hallums first called his younger daughter Amanda in Memphis, Tennessee, and told her, "I was rescued. I love you. I am sorry I'm a little late for Thanksgiving."

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