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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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White House quiet on US airstrike help for Iraq refugees

The White House has confirmed the US government and military will be supporting Iraqi and Kurdish efforts to help 40,000 religious minorities who are trapped by Islamist militants on a mountain in northern Iraq.

Spokesman Josh Earnest though would not confirm speculation that President Obama was considering sanctioning airstrikes to help the threatened people.

"There are no American military solutions to the problems in Iraq," he said.

A New York Times report said US President Barack Obama was considering airstrikes and emergency relief airdrops in response to those trapped on Mount Sinjar.

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