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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Islamists take control of Iraq's biggest dam

Control of the Mosul dam has been likened to owning a weapon of mass destruction in the wrong hands. Credit: Reuters

Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff of the president of the Kurdistan region, has confirmed Islamist militants have seized control of Iraq's biggest dam in their latest offensive in the north of the country.

Control of Mosul dam could give the Sunni Islamists the ability to flood cities and cut off vital water and electricity supplies.

The Iraqi capital Baghdad lies downstream of the dam on the Tigris river.

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