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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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Obama discusses Iraq situation with security advisers

President Barack Obama has met with his national security team after Islamist militants advanced across northern Iraq.

Some 40,000 religious minorities have been forced to flee, with many taking refuge in mountains.

A picture of the meeting in the Situation Room was released by White House officials.

Barack Obama is considering intervening in Iraq as Islamist militants continue to make gains. Credit: White House

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