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 militants growing in confidence and power in Iraq

The Islamic State, previously referred to as Isis, is a brutal offshoot of al Qaeda.

It now controls a wide swathe of territory spread across the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The White House has ruled out ground troops in Iraq but says it will use force to stop the advance once the country has a new government.

ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports on how Iraq is tackling its growing militant problem:

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