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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 'plots airstrikes and aid for mountain refugees'

US President Barack Obama is reportedly considering sanctioning airstrikes and emergency relief airdrops to help 40,000 religious minorities who are trapped on a mountaintop in northern Iraq after threats by Islamist militants.

Tens of thousands fled the weekend assault on Kurdish forces at Sinjar and are now surrounded by Islamist militants. Credit: Reuters

The New York Times quoted as a senior administration official who said Mr Obama is examining a range of options after the Islamic State fighters stood firm at the base of Mount Sinjar.

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