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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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Islamist fighters: US airstrikes in Iraq 'have no impact'

An Islamist fighter has told Reuters by telephone that the US airstrikes would have "no impact" on militant activities.

"The planes attack positions they think are strategic, but this is not how we operate. We are trained for guerrilla street war," he said.

"God is with us and our promise is heaven. When we are promised heaven, do you think death will stop us?"

The US airstrikes prompted renewed calls on jihadi online forums for attacks on the United States and oil interests in the Gulf.

"The mujahideen must strive ... to discipline America and its criminal soldiers," the SITE monitoring service quoted one such message, on the Shumukh al-Islam jihadi forum, as saying.

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